Current Biography Yearbook 2023

H.W. Wilson. Dec. 2023. 650p. ISBN 9781637005156. $199. REF
The 84th edition of this annual volume retains its original scope, integrity, organization, and selection standards. Divided into two alphabetically organized sections, the book contains 200 main entries for living people and 53 obituaries. Each profile of a living person averages 2,500 words and includes a color photo, their birth date, occupation, the reason they’re known, a summary of their career and life, and an up-to-date list of recommended reading with active internet links. The book’s obituaries average either one or two columns each, and they contain the subject’s birth and death dates, the occupation they had, a synopsis of their life, and a cross-reference to previous Current Biography entries, but there is no photo or bibliography. Profiles in this volume include costume designers (Jenny Beavan), musicians (Pablo Alborán), fashion designers (Yoon Ahn), cartoonists (Will McPhail), actors (Mehwish Hayat), social activists (Shannon Watts), political figures (Olena Zelenska), and athletes (Jalen Hurts), plus an extensive roster of journalists, scientists, businesspeople, military officers, educators, architects, mathematicians, and more. Among the obituaries are Jim Brown, Sinéad O’Connor, Tony Bennett, Bob Barker, Dianne Feinstein, and others.
VERDICT An outstanding and invaluable resource that remains the leader in reference options for biographies of living and recently deceased people.
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