Hartsville native Michael Harriot has inked a two-book, seven figure deal with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Senior writer at The Root, Harriot regularly educates on the links between American history and racism. An NABJ and NYABJ award winner and one of The Root’s shining stars, he reminds us often that “his pen is mightier than your sword”.
Senior Editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Kate Napolitano, said “Michael Harriot is a singular writer, someone whose work is both deeply thoughtful and sharply humorous. When his proposal first landed, I felt like an electric shock was running through me—this guy was going for it, winging for the fences. In an industry that has historically been insular, elitist, and majority white, we need more writers like Harriot.”
Inspired to write by his mother, Dorothy, who is legally blind, Harriot published is first novel, “The Situation in South Carolina” in 2008 to critical acclaim.
Michael Harriot is the son of Hartsville native, Dorothy Harriot, and a graduate of Hartsville High School. He received his BA degree from Auburn University and MIBA from Florida State University.