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David Vann was born in the Aleutian Islands and spent his childhood in Ketchikan, Alaska.For 12 years, no agent would send out his first book, Legend of a Suicide, so he went to seaand became a captain and boat builder. Legend of a Suicide has now won 10 prizes, includingthe Prix Medicis Etranger in France for best foreign novel, the Premi Llibreter in Spain forbest foreign novel, the Grace Paley Prize, a California Book Award, and the L’Expressreaders’ prize (France). Being translated into 18 languages, Legend of a Suicide is aninternational bestseller and has also been on 40 Best Books of the Year lists in 11 countries,been selected by the New Yorker Book Club and the Times Book Club, read in full on NorthGerman radio, and will be made into a film by Chris Meloni. A current Guggenheim fellow and formerWallace Stegner fellow, John L'Heureux fellow, and NEA fellow, he has taught at Stanford,Cornell, FSU, and is currently a professor at the University of San Francisco.

Genres: Historical, Literary Fiction
   Caribou Island (2011)
   Dirt (2012)
   Goat Mountain (2013)
   Aquarium (2015)
   Bright Air Black (2017)
   Halibut on the Moon (2019)
   Legend of a Suicide (2008)
Novellas and Short Stories
   The Higher Blue (2010)
   Ichthyology (2010)
   Ketchikan (2010)
   A Legend of Good Men (2010)
   Rhoda (2010)
   Sukkwan Island (2010)
Non fiction
   A Mile Down (2005)
   Last Day on Earth (2011)
Series contributed to
   2. There (2012) (with Amy Bloom and Don Paterson)
David Vann recommends
Join (2016)
Steve Toutonghi
"Set in a dystopian world full of dazzle and invention, 'Join' is a subtle exploration of what the self is and what death means."
Ten Stories About Smoking (2011)
Stuart Evers
"Evers has found possibility in even the bleakest and smallest of lives, with each delicately linked not only by a cigarette but also by a glimpse into how terrifyingly empty a life can be."

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