Invisible People

Stories of Lives at the Margins

Alex Tizon, Edited by Sam Howe Verhovek, Foreword by Jose Antonio Vargas
Book Cover

PB: $17.95
EAN: 978-1-4399-1831-9
Publication: Oct 21

HC: $25.00
EAN: 978-1-4399-1830-2
Publication: Nov 19

Ebook: $25.00
EAN: 978-1-4399-1832-6
Publication: Nov 19

264 pages
5.25 x 8.5
1 halftones

Forthcoming in Paperback October 2021 —an anthology of richly reported and beautifully written stories about marginalized people

Read the Introduction from the hardcover (PDF).


Praise for the hardcover edition:

(Alex Tizon) is the master of the telling detail that penetrates the surface and makes us understand something or someone—and ultimately ourselves—in a deeper way. Tizon’s beautiful book is as powerful as they come.”—Cheryl Strayed

A memorable collection that shows how much journalism lost with the early death of one of its finest.”—Kirkus Reviews

Every human being has an epic story. The late Pulitzer Prize–winning writer Alex Tizon told the epic stories of marginalized people—from lonely immigrants struggling to forge a new American identity to a high school custodian who penned a New Yorker short story. Edited by Tizon’s friend and former colleague Sam Howe Verhovek, Invisible People collects the best of Tizon’s rich, empathetic accounts—including “My Family’s Slave,” the Atlantic magazine cover story about the woman who raised him and his siblings under conditions that amounted to indentured servitude.

In their introductions to Tizon’s pieces, New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet, Atlantic magazine editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg, Pulitzer Prize winners Kim Murphy and Jacqui Banaszynski, and others salute Tizon’s respect for his subjects and the beauty and brilliance of his writing. Invisible People is a loving tribute to a journalist whose search for his own identity prompted him to chronicle the lives of others.

About the Author(s)

Alex Tizon (1959–2017) was a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist whose writings include numerous articles for such publications as the Seattle Times, the Los Angeles Times, and The Atlantic, as well as the memoir Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self. His story, "My Family's Slave," won a posthumous National Magazine award.

Sam Howe Verhovek is a former reporter for the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times and the author of Jet Age: The Comet, the 707, and the Race to Shrink the World. He is also a contributing writer for National Geographic and an adjunct faculty member at Seattle University and the University of Washington.