Alec Wilkinson

The 1990 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award was presented to Tracy Kidder for Among Schoolchildren and Alec Wilkinson for Big Sugar.

Big Sugar describes the dangerous work of thousands of West Indian workers in the American sugar industry and the miserable conditions in which they live.

A former policeman and musician, Alec Wilkinson joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 1980. He is the author of ten books and has received numerous literary awards for his work.