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Maggie Shipstead

Maggie Shipstead is a novelist and short story writer. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford. Maggie's writing has appeared in The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Tin House, The Paris Review Daily, VQR, American Short Fiction, The Best American Short Stories, and elsewhere. Her story "La Moretta" was a 2012 National Magazine Award finalist. Her debut novel, "Seating Arrangements," was a national bestseller and the winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize and the L.A. Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction.

Genres: Literary Fiction, Historical
New and upcoming books
February 2024

The June Paintings
(Blaze Collection, book 2)
   Seating Arrangements (2012)
   Astonish Me (2014)
   Great Circle (2021)
Series contributed to
Maggie Shipstead recommends
Groundskeeping (2022)
Lee Cole
"A coming-of-age story inextricably bound with a love story, Groundskeeping gets at the hard work of finding your place in the world, the burden and exhilaration of fighting for who you might be . . . It's frankly preposterous this is a debut novel when Lee Cole's writing has such ease and authority and his storytelling rings so true."
Lessons in Chemistry (2022)
Bonnie Garmus
"It's the world versus Elizabeth Zott, an extraordinary woman determined to live on her own terms, and I had no trouble choosing a side. Lessons in Chemistry is a page-turning and highly satisfying tale: zippy, zesty, and Zotty."
We Play Ourselves (2021)
Jen Silverman
"This is a book where the questions are the answers, a story of possibility that challenged and expanded the way I think about redemption. Warm in its humanity and cool in its persistent subversion of narrative expectations, it's a sharp and modern first novel. I loved it."

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Anthologies containing stories by Maggie Shipstead
The Best American Short Stories 2010 (2010)
(Best American Short Stories)
edited by
Richard Russo

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