Katy Hays

Katy Hays is a writer and adjunct Art History professor in California, where she teaches rural students from Truckee to Tecopa. 
She holds an MA in Art History from Williams College and pursued her PhD at UC Berkeley. Having worked in curatorial and research roles at major art institutions, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and The Clark Art Institute, Katy brings an insider's knowledge of the workings of museums and galleries as well as in-depth research into the fascinating history of fortune-telling to The Cloisters, her first novel. She lives with her husband and dog, Queso, in Olympic Valley.


Genres: Mystery
   The Cloisters (2022)
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