September 11, 2013
Chinelo Okparanta was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. She received her BS from Pennsylvania State University, her MA from Rutgers University, and her MFA from Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she served as a Provost’s Postgraduate Visiting Writer. She is the author of ‘America’ (2012), which was shortlisted for the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing. She has been nominated for a United States Artists Fellowship in Literature, and her collection of short stories, Happiness, Like Water (2013) was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award.
Lauren Grodstein’s New York Times bestselling novel, A Friend of the Family, was named aWashington Post Book of the Year, an Amazon.com Best Book, and a January Magazine Top Ten Book of the Year. She is the author of two previous novels and a short story collection, and her essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Post Road, The Ontario Review, andSalon. Her newest novel, The Explanation for Everything, will be published in fall 2013.