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Adam Higginbotham


Wednesday, May 6, 7:00 PM, Central Library

Adam Higginbotham is an English journalist and writer whose work has appeared in The New YorkerThe New York Times MagazineSmithsonian and Bloomberg Businessweek. His 2014 magazine article for The Atavist, titled “A Thousand Pounds of Dynamite,” was turned into an eBook that was named one of Amazon’s best books of the year. He began reporting on the Chernobyl disaster on assignment in Moscow and Kiev for London's Observer Magazine in 2006. He lives in New York.

Midnight in Chernobyl is Higginbotham’s first book. After reporting on the Chernobyl nuclear disaster for more than a decade, Higginbotham delivered a powerful investigation into how propaganda, secrecy, and myth have obscured the true story of one of the twentieth century’s greatest disasters. Higginbotham conducted hundreds of hours of interviews and drew on letters, unpublished memoirs, and documents from recently-declassified archives to present a harrowing and compelling narrative which brings the disaster to life through the eyes of the men and women who witnessed it firsthand.

Midnight in Chernobyl was named of the best books of the year by The New York Times, Time, Kirkus Reviews, and NPR. The book earned Higginbotham the 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction.

Midnight in Chernobyl Cover

Event Info

  • Admission is free.
  • Doors open at 6:00 PM.
  • Seating is first-come, first-served.
  • Free parking is available:
    • In the Des Moines Public Library parking garage, located on Grand Ave.
    • On the surface lot on the corner of 10th St. and Grand Ave., across from the library.
  • At the end of the program, there will be a question and answer period. A book signing will follow.
  • Books will be available to purchase before and after the program courtesy of Beaverdale Books.

Adam's Book