Jennifer Egan

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Jennifer Egan is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer. Her most recent work, Manhattan Beach, won the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and was recently selected as the winner of New York City’s One Book, One New York citywide reading program. She is also the author of A Visit from the Goon Squad, which won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Other works include The Invisible Circus, a novel that became a feature film starring Cameron Diaz in 2001; Look at Me, a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction in 2001; and The Keep. Her short stories have appeared in The New YorkerHarper’s MagazineGrantaMcSweeney’sThe Best American Short Stories, and other magazines and collections. She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in fiction, and a Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Fellowship at The New York Public Library. Her nonfiction articles appear frequently in The New York Times Magazine, and her 2002 cover story on homeless children received the Carroll Kowal Journalism Award. Her article “The Bipolar Kid” received a 2009 Outstanding Media Award for Science and Health Reporting from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She was born in Chicago and raised in San Francisco. She joined the PEN America Board in 2012 and completed her term as president in 2020.

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