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Katherine Arden

Born in Austin, Texas, Katherine Arden spent her junior year of high school in Rennes, France. Following her acceptance to Middlebury College in Vermont, she deferred enrollment for a year in order to live and study in Moscow. At Middlebury, she specialized in French and Russian literature. After receiving her BA, she moved to Maui, Hawaii, where she worked every kind of odd job imaginable, from grant writing and making crêpes to serving as a personal tour guide. After a year on the island, she moved to Briançon, France, and spent nine months teaching. She then returned to Maui, stayed, got restless, and left again to wander. Currently she lives in Vermont, but really, you never know.

Genres: Children's Fiction, Fantasy
John W. Campbell Best Book nominee (2018) : The Bear and the Nightingale
John W. Campbell Best Book nominee (2019) : The Bear and the Nightingale

Katherine Arden recommends
Tempests and Slaughter (2018)
(Numair Chronicles, book 1)
Tamora Pierce
"Tamora Pierce and her brilliant heroines didn’t just break down barriers; they smashed them with magical fire."
Sorcery of Thorns (2019)
(Sorcery of Thorns, book 1)
Margaret Rogerson
"If you loved the Hogwarts Library, or the Great Library of the Clayr, you'll be right at home at Summershall. Tightly paced, hugely atmospheric, with a touch of wry humor, this book had me from its Gothic beginning right to the perfect end."
Race the Sands (2020)
Sarah Beth Durst
"National Velvet with monsters and a big helping of palace intrigue, Race the Sands is monstrous (literally), heartwarming, and empowering in equal measure. An incredibly fun and inspiring read."
A Deadly Education (2020)
(Scholomance, book 1)
Naomi Novik
"The Scholomance is the dark school of magic I’ve been waiting for, and its wise, witty, and monstrous heroine is one I'd happily follow anywhere - even into a school full of monsters."
Mine (2021)
Delilah S Dawson
"You’ll think you’re in a Florida swamp with something coming for you and no way out. Gross, sweet, exciting, and absolutely hide-under-the-covers terrifying, I loved it."
A Spindle Splintered (2021)
(Fractured Fables, book 1)
Alix E Harrow
"A vivid,subversive, and feminist reimagining of Sleeping Beauty."

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