Each year, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation offers fellowships to artists, writers, musicians, and scholars to help fund their work. This year's group of 26 fellows a literary bunch, and I've picked out nine books by the 2019 MacArthur "genius" grant recipients that you can read right now.
The MacArthur Fellowships recognize "exceptional creativity, as demonstrated through a track record of significant achievement, and manifest promise for important future advances." The recipients do not need to use the grant on their creative projects however. In 2019, each MacArthur Fellowship comes with a five-year stipend totaling $625,000, which fellows are free to spend as they see fit. To date, the MacArthur Foundation has recognized more than 1,000 creative thinkers for their work in various fields.
More than one-third of this year's batch of MacArthur "genius" grant recipients are published authors, and I've picked out nine of their books to share with you below. You'll find novels and works of nonfiction below, as well as a play and a — forthcoming — book on how to make your own comics. Check out these great books by MacArthur Fellows below: