Jennifer Egan- Unpredictably Dazzling Ingenuity

Becca Anderson, author of The Book of Awesome Women Writers, has written a new blog post on the life and career of author Jennifer Egan.


Jennifer Egan was born in Chicago and raised in San Francisco. She is the author of The Invisible Circus, a novel which in 2001 became a feature film starring Cameron Diaz; she has also written Look at Me (2001), Emerald City and Other Stories, a short fiction collection, The Keep (2006), and 2010’s A Visit From the Goon Squad. A Visit From the Goon Squad won a Pulitzer Prize, an LA Times Book Prize, and a National Book Critics Circle Award. She is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, a Cullman Fellowship at the New York Public Library, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is also a journalist who has written frequently for the New York Times Magazine.

Egan received a Carroll Kowal Journalism Award for her 2002 cover story on homeless children, and “The Bipolar Kid” won a 2009 Outstanding Media Award for Science and Health Reporting from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Her 2017 novel, Manhattan Beach, has been awarded the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.

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Medieval Mystics, Pioneering Poets, Fierce Feminists and First Ladies of Literature (Feminist Book, Gift for Women, Gift for Writers)

This one-of-a-kind tome takes a tour with Sylvia Beach and other booksellers as well as librarians, editors, writers, bibliophiles, and celebrated book clubs. Join women’s studies scholar Anders as she takes you on a ribald ride through the pages of history. Chapter titles include “Prolific Pens” (including Joyce Carol Oates, author of over 100 books), “Mystics, Memoirists and Madwomen”, “Salons and Neosalons”, “Ink in Their Veins” (literary dynasties), and the titillating “Banned, Blacklisted, and Arrested.”

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