The Friends of the
Shannon Center Meet the Authors & Bookfaire
March 15, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Katya Cengel has written
about everything from retired dancing bears in Bulgaria
to the world’s largest machine gun shoot in Kentucky.
Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal,
marie claire, Esquire, Salon and
Condé Nast Traveller.
Her first book, “Bluegrass Baseball: A Year in the Minor
League Life,” published by the University of Nebraska
Press in 2012, was one of five finalists for the 2013
Kentucky Literary Award.
She will be at the Whittier College Shannon Center
Bookfaire March 15, 2014. In spring of 2014 she will be
teaching courses on cross-cultural reporting and
journalism at UC Berkeley Extension.
Her August National Geographic story on inmates fighting
the California Rim fire was one of the first to focus on
inmate crews at the massive blaze. Aljazeera America
rated it one of their top stories of the week and
HuffPost Live had her on their show.
In September for Salon she covered college genetic
courses that allow students to test their own DNA; her
story about little foreign wars with possible big
consequences is in the September/October issue of World
Affairs, and several of her stories have been featured
in Newsweek magazine. In November her story on
marathoner Wesley Korir ran in Sports Illustrated.com.
Look for her story on animal conservation on National
Geographic's site in December and for stories from Burma
and Southeast Asia where she will be during December and