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Vendela Vida

USA flag (b.1972)
Wife of Dave Eggers

Vendela Vida is the award-winning author of four books, including Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Nameand The Lovers, and a founding editor of The Believer magazine. She is also the co-editor of Always Apprentices, a collection of interviews with writers, and Confidence, or the Appearance of Confidence, a collection of interviews with musicians. As a fellow at the Sundance Labs, she developed Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name into a script, which received the Sundance Institute/Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award. Two of Vidas novels have been New York Times Notable Books of the year, and she is the winner of the Kate Chopin Award, given to a writer whose female protagonist chooses an unconventional path. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two children, and since 2002 has served on the board of 826 Valencia, a nonprofit writing and tutoring lab for youth.

Genres: Literary Fiction
Non fiction
   Girls On the Verge (1999)
   Always Apprentices (2013) (with Sheila Heti and Ross Simonini)
Vendela Vida recommends
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The Nearness of you (2017)
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The Wonder Test (2021)
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"Explores the underbelly of San Francisco, the pressures of Silicon Valley, and the love between a mother and her teenage son. I was captivated by...FBI agent Lina Connerly, and the plot twists kept me riveted."
Mercy Street (2022)
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"Mercy Street is a bold, important, beautifully written and incredibly timely novel."

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