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Katherine Vaz has been a Briggs-Copeland Fellow in Fiction at Harvard University and Fellow of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She’s the author of two novels, SAUDADE (a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection) and MARIANA, published in six languages and picked by the Library of Congress as one of the Top 30 International Books of 1998. The film option is with Harrison Productions.

Her collection FADO & OTHER STORIES won a Drue Heinz Literature Prize and OUR LADY OF THE ARTICHOKES won a Prairie Schooner Award. THE LOVE LIFE OF AN ASSISTANT ANIMATOR & OTHER STORIES is available from Tailwinds Press. Her children’s stories have appeared in anthologies by Viking, Penguin, and Simon and Schuster, and her short fiction has appeared in many magazines. She won a New York Film Academy and Writer’s Store national contest for a screenplay idea based on one of her stories.

She’s the first Portuguese-American to have her work recorded by the Library of Congress (Hispanic Division). Other honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a citation as a Portuguese-American Woman of the Year, and an appointment to the six-person Presidential Delegation (Clinton) to the World’s Fair/Expo 98 in Lisbon. She lives in New York City with her husband, Christopher Cerf, an Emmy- and Grammy-winning TV producer, composer, editor, and author.

Genres: Literary Fiction
   Saudade (1994)
   Mariana (1997)
   Above the Salt (2023)
Katherine Vaz recommends
The Best That You Can Do (2024)
Amina Gautier
"Amina Gautier's The Best That You Can Do adds even more luster to her award-winning artistry. Sharp emotional focus offsets the blur afflicting people who 'wisp into memory' and jump from Puerto Rico to Bed Stuy to Lisbon to Chicago. The threat to Black lives staggers the souls of characters - and of readers. 'Tears on Tap' is a masterpiece, and the touching final stories blend with kaleidoscopic power, where intense love can rupture by the next page. But old lovers also seek one another out for a last gaze before they go blind, and the jewel-like 'Slip' offers a dazzling response to the pain of loss and solitude."

Books containing stories by Katherine Vaz
Mad Hatters and March Hares (2017)
All-New Stories from the World of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland
edited by
Ellen Datlow

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