Virtual Book Talk featuring journalist-author Lisa Belkin ’82 


Join in a Zoom book talk put on by three grads on Tuesday, February 6 (6pm). The webinar features author Lisa Belkin ’82, the author award-winning journalist, formerly of the New York Times, and her new work of investigative nonfiction, Genealogy of a Murder. The hour-long book talk will be hosted by Margaret Talcott’86, producer of American Ancestors’ American Inspiration author series, in partnership with Porter Square Books’ owner David Sandberg’80.  


More information and event tickets on the American Ancestors website:

(you must register in advance)


More about author Lisa Belkin, a politics major who admitted in a 2002 PAW interview that during college “she lived at the Daily Princetonian. The DP was my graduate school and John McPhee is God.” (The full interview is linked here); Lisa Belkin is an award-winning journalist and the author of narrative nonfiction books, including Show Me a Hero, made by David Simon into an HBO miniseries. Her career at the New York Times includes stints as a national correspondent, medical reporter, and contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine


More about Belkin’s book, Genealogy of a Murder:  Weaving together genealogy, sociology, and history, award-winning journalist Lisa Belkin explores the multigenerational tale of three families whose paths collide one summer night in 1960 with the murder of a police officer. The result of nearly a decade of research, Genealogy of a Murder reveals how the perpetrators and the victims were influenced by forces out of their control, some set in motion long before they were even born. 

Direct registration at

If you can’t make it on the night but are interested in the topic and/or Lisa's career and research process, register for the event and the videotape will be sent to you the next day. If there is sufficient interest among Princeton readers, we may be able to get the author to return for a virtual Princeton grad book discussion/event. Do note as you register that you are a Princeton sort or contact Margaret Talcott'86 at