New York’s 100 Most Important Living Writers

83. Siddhartha Mukherjee

Born in New Delhi, Mukherjee currently resides in New York, where he works as both scientist and writer. In 2010, Simon & Schuster published Mukherjee’s book, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biographer of Cancer, which follows the history of diagnosis and treatment of human cancers from ancient Egypt to contemporary chemotherapy. The book which received a Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, a Guardian Prize, and was also nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award. Time magazine named the book one of the 100 most influential of the past 100 years, and listed Mukherjee as one of its 100 most influential people in 2011. Mukherjee also received the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award for The Emperor of All Maladies. He currently teaches as an assistant professor of Medicine at Columbia University, as well as a staff cancer physician at Columbia University Medical Center.

Who is your favorite emerging New York writer?

I find the word “emerging” difficult. What about already emerged and distinguished: Teju Cole?

How do you feel about Philip Roth retiring?

I’m saddened by it, but happy for him. It’s like saying goodbye to an old friend with whom you have had many conversations. I’m talking about his books, which mark my childhood and adolescence.

What’s next for you?

I’m working on a new non-fiction work.