Eve Fairbanks grew up in Virginia a little girl mad about the American Civil War. On weekends she begged her father to take her to all the battlefields: Gettysburg, Fredericksburg, Antietam. She was transfixed by the moral question the war addressed and the incredible change its end effected: a change we're still trying to make real.
As a writer, she loves change, digging deep into the motivations of people who've radically altered their identities or sought to change their countries. A 2014 finalist for a Livingston Award for Young Journalists, she's written about a former apartheid police minister seeking penance, a rural black South African boy-turned-poultry emperor, and two American senators whose essential views on war swapped places.
Her essays and long-form narratives appear in The New Republic, The New York Times Magazine, Foreign Policy, and other outlets. Her first book, The Inheritors, will be published by Simon & Schuster in 2015.