Elinor Langer is writing a book titled In Search of Lili’uokalani, a biography of the last Queen of the independent Kingdom of Hawai‘i, to be published by Holt/Metropolitan in 2015. Her essay on the American overthrow of the monarchy and the contemporary sovereignty movement, “‘Famous are the Flowers’: Hawaiian Resistance Then and Now,” was published as a special issue of The Nation in 2008.
Her most recent book, A Hundred Little Hitlers, an account of the skinhead killing of an Ethiopian man named Mulugeta Seraw in Portland, Ore., in 1988, was a finalist for the J. Anthony Lukas Award for a Work-in-Progress, the PEN West award for research-based nonfiction, and the Book of the Month Club’s Best Nonfiction Book award in 2003.
Her first book, a biography of the radical novelist and journalist Josephine Herbst, was nominated for the National Book Critics’ Circle Award in 1984. A long-time member of The Nation editorial board, she has written for such publications as Science, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic, Grand Street, Mother Jones and many others. She has received Guggenheim, NEA, Bunting, Open Society Institute and other fellowships, and has taught at several places including Goddard, Reed, and Portland State.