Photo by Kristine Larsen

This spring the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence program welcomes nonfiction writer Adrian Nicole LeBlanc to campus. For her first book, Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx, LeBlanc spent 12 years closely following the lives of her subjects. Random Family was recently voted #2 in the Top Ten Best Works of Journalism of the Decade by the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at NYU.

LeBlanc was the recipient of a 2006 MacArthur Foundation Award, a 2007 fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, and a 2009 Holtzbrinck Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. A contributor to the New York Times Magazine, she is currently finishing a book about standup comedians to be published next year by Random House.

A reading and conversation with the author will take place in the Newman Conference Center on Mar. 22. For more information, go to