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Acclaimed author Mona Simpson received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and her M.F.A. from Columbia University. While working as an editor for The Paris Review for five years, she wrote her first novel, “Anywhere But Here,” a Whiting Prize winner that achieved popular success and was adapted into a 1999 film starring Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman. She has since written five other novels and received honors that include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Lila Wallace Readers Digest Foundation; a Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize; a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; and recognition as a PEN/Faulkner finalist. Her latest novel, “Casebook” (Knopf), chronicles a young boy’s mission to investigate the lives of his parents—a quest that eventually leads him to uncover the mysteries of his unraveling family.

Previous National Book Festival Appearances

Mona Simpson

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