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National Book Festival

Siri Hustvedt, who was born in a small Minnesota town, has received international acclaim for her work, which has been translated into more than 30 languages. Of Norwegian descent, Hustvedt spent many of her early years overseas, in Bergen, Norway, and Reykjavik, Iceland. In 1978 she moved to New York to study English at Columbia University and to write poetry. She published her first poem in The Paris Review in 1981. Hustvedt’s first novel, “The Blindfold,” was published in 1992 and was so successful it was translated into 17 languages. Her subsequent novels include “The Enchantment of Lily Dahl,” “The Sorrows of an American” “What I Loved” and “The Summer Without Men.” Her new book, “The Blazing World” (Simon & Schuster), recently reviewed enthusiastically on the front page of The New York Times Book Review, is a send-up of gender bias in the art world.

Previous National Book Festival Appearances

Siri Hustvedt

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