Joan Wickersham

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The New York Times writes of her novel The News from Spain that “Wickersham’s gift is for capturing the habits of mind that lead even smart people to deceive themselves.” Her memoir, The Suicide Index, was a finalist for the National Book Award.


Wickersham’s most recent book, The News from Spain (Knopf) was named one of the year’s best fiction picks by National Public Radio, Kirkus Reviews and The San Francisco Chronicle. Her memoir The Suicide Index (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) was a National Book Award finalist. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in One Story, Agni, Glimmer Train, Ploughshares, The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and many other publications. Joan is a regular op-ed columnist for The Boston Globe and her pieces have run in The International Herald Tribune and on NPR. She has a BA in art history from Yale, has taught writing at Emerson and Harvard, and has been awarded grants by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo.