New York Times bestselling author Emily Ratorjkowski, who wrote the New York City-based New York Review of Books book, New York, will be the first female author to receive an award from the American Library Association for her book, Cell Phone, which follows the lives of four women who use a cell phone to make and send texts and emails.
The association’s citation was made Thursday by editor Nancy Knepper, who thanked Ratorhks work for raising awareness about cell phones.
She said it is a rare opportunity for a woman to be recognized in her field, particularly at a time when cell phones are a growing concern for women.
The association citation comes less than a month after the association made a similar recognition of American author Nancy K. O’Malley for her first book, Women in Cell Phones.
O’Malley was one of two women to receive the association’s recognition for her memoir, The Cell Phone Reader.
Ratorjks work, said Kneppers, “is one of the most important achievements of the 20th century and one of my favorite things to read and work on.”
O’Malia is an author of five books, including a biography of the late author Marilynne Robinson and a collection of essays about cell phone use, which won the National Book Critics Circle award.
She also wrote a book about the rise of cell phones that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2010.
Ratojks books have been translated into more than 40 languages and sold more than 20 million copies.
She has been an editor of the Atlantic Monthly, the New Republic, the Wall Street Journal and the Chicago Tribune, among others.
In the 1990s, she served as editor of The Atlantic Monthly.