Elizabeth Mitchell is the author of three nonfiction books: Three Strides Before the Wire: The Dark and Beautiful World of Horse Racing (Hyperion, 2002), W.: Revenge of the Bush Dynasty (Hyperion, 2000), and Liberty’s Torch: The Great Adventure to Build the Statue of Liberty (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2014). Her fourth book, Lincoln’s Lie: A True Civil War Caper Through the Press, Wall Street, and the White House, will be published by Counterpoint Press in 2020. The Washington Post selected Three Strides as one of the best nonfiction books of that year. Most recently, she worked as a senior long-form writer for the New York Daily News.

Mitchell has authored novella-length nonfiction works for Byliner, including The Fire Horse (2012); Lady With a Past: A Petulant French Sculptor, His Quest for Immortality, and the Real Story of the Statue of Liberty (2011); and the Amazon nonfiction bestseller, The Fearless Mrs. Goodwin (2011), about the first female detective in the United States.

Mitchell’s freelance writing has appeared in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, New York, The New York Observer, Chicago Tribune, Details, GQ, Condé Nast Traveler, O, Glamour, The Nation, and She was a contributing editor to Newsweek and during the 2000 campaign season.

Her editing work has included Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability – Designing for Abundance (FSG, 2013) by William McDonough and Michael Braungart, foreword by President Bill Clinton. She served as executive editor of Marlo Thomas’ number-one New York Times bestseller The Right Words at the Right Time (Atria Books, May 2002).

She was executive editor of George, having started with the magazine as a senior editor before George’s launch in 1995. Prior to that, she worked as features editor at SPIN.

Mitchell has been interviewed on numerous radio and television shows, including “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” “The Charlie Rose Show,” “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Booknotes with Brian Lamb,” the Leonard Lopate show on NPR, and many other CNN, MSNBC, network and local programs. She has delivered lectures on journalism at Harvard University and Fairleigh Dickinson University, among other educational institutions; and historical talks at the National Archives in Washington and the National Archives in New York. She taught nonfiction writing in the Columbia University 2014 summer session.

She is the co-founder of ReadThis, a volunteer group that delivers books where needed, including to troops abroad, children living in poverty, and public schools with no library.


Hollywood, MD

September 27, 2017, TBDpm

Lecture: Great Adventure to Build the Statue of Liberty Historic Sotterley Plantation, Hollywood, MD

* Lecture and Q&A, with specific attention to the statue's relation to slavery and the Civil War. Click here for more information.

New York, NY

December 8, 2016, 8pm

Inventing Realities Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue, NY, NY

* Moderator of discussion with Susana Moreira Marques, Asle Skredderberget, and Matei Visniec for New Literature from Europe. Click here for more information.


July 7, 2014, 7pm

Books Beneath the Bridge Granite Prospect, Brooklyn Bridge Park

* Books sold by Freebird Bookstore Event details to come. Click here for more information.


July 15, 2014, 12:30 pm

National Archives at New York City
One Bowling Green

Talk and slide presentation on the great adventure to build the Statue of Liberty.


July 16, 2014, 7:00 pm

Barnes & Noble at 82nd Street 2289 Broadway, New York, NY, 10024

Reading and talk


August 30, 2014

2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival Walter E. Washington Convention Center 801 Mt. Vernon Pl NW

Talk and Q&A at 2:35 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. Signing from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Click here for more information.