Lynne Sharon Schwartz

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Lynne Schwartz is the author of 25 books, including novels, short-story collections, nonfiction, poetry, and translations, which have garnered her National Book Award and PEN Award nominations and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the NEA.



Schwartz is the author of 25 books, including novels, short-story collections, nonfiction, poetry, and translations. Her most recent work is Crossing Borders, an anthology she edited of stories and essays about translation.  Other recent books are the poetry collection, No Way Out But Through; the essay collection, This Is Where We Came In; and the novel Two-Part Inventions. Her first novel, Rough Strife, was nominated for a National Book Award and the PEN/Hemingway First Novel Award. Other novels include The Writing on the WallIn the Family Way: An Urban ComedyDisturbances in the Field; and Leaving Brooklyn, nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Her latest story collection is Referred Pain, published in 2004. She is also the author of the memoirs, Not Now, Voyager and Ruined by Reading, the essay collection, Face to Face, and the editor of The Emergence of Memory: Conversations With W.G. Sebald, which includes interviews and essays. Her translations from Italian include A Place to Live: Selected Essays of Natalia Ginzburg, and Smoke Over Birkenau, by Liana Millu. Schwartz has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, and the New York State Foundation for the Arts. Her stories and essays have been reprinted in many anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and The Best American Essays. She has taught writing and literature at colleges and universities here and abroad. Schwartz lives in New York City.


A Year in Books

A Year in Books