Shalini Shankar’s newest book, Beeline: What Spelling Bees Reveal about Generation Z’s New Path to Success  (Basic Books), available now!

Beeline: What Spelling Bees Reveal about Generation Z’s New Path to Success (Basic Books) Foregrounding Gen Z, Shankar, a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow, analyzes the convergence of immigration, “brain sports,” and the shifting media landscape to illustrate the increasingly competitive nature of childhood and how it plays out on broadcast and social media. 

“Fascinating. Shalini Shankar uses the spelling bee as a lens into the world of Gen Z, illuminating its contours and giving us all a chance to reflect on what it means to grow up.” —Angela Duckworth, author of Grit


  1. May 1 New York, NYU Bookstore

  2. May 14 Evanston, IL Bookends and Beginnings

  3. May 21 Philadelphia, PA Head House Books

  4. May 23 Brooklyn, NY Community Book Store

  5. May 28 Washington, DC Kramer Books and Afterwords

  6. June 5 Chicago, IL Seminary Co-op Bookstore

  7. June 12 Boston, MA Trident Bookstore and Cafe

  8. June 13 Providence, RI Books on the Square

  9. June 23 Seattle, WA Elliott Bay Books

  10. June 25 Los Angeles, CA Chevalier’s Books

  11. June 26 Oakland, CA GGP Books

  12. June 27 San Francisco, CA Books Inc.

  13. July 5 Toronto, Canada Queen Books

  14. July 18 Flagstaff, AZ BrightSide Book Store

  15. July 28 West Nyack, NY Barnes &.Noble Palisades Center

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