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The Books of 2023

stack of 2023 books in library at Bennington

The latest additions to Bennington’s rich literary history have hit bookstore shelves. Their authors join Bennington notables, including Donna Tartt '86, Kiran Desai '93, Michael Pollan '76, ​Ann Goldstein '71, Anaïs Duplan '14, Anne Waldman '66, Cynthia Sweeney MFA '13, Jamie Quatro MFA '09, Amy Gerstler '01, Morgan Jerkins MFA '16, and Charles Bock '97.

Together, Bennington alumni and faculty have won twelve Pulitzer Prizes. Three have served as U.S. poets laureate, and four have been honored as MacArthur Geniuses. Countless among them have written New York Times bestsellers and National Book Award winners. 

This year, undergraduate and Bennington Writing Seminars alumni and faculty published more than 20 nationally reviewed books. They have been noted by NPR, chosen as books of the year by the New York Times, and honored by the National Book Foundation. Their writing spanned a wide range of genres from nonfiction essays, memoirs, and biographies to novels, poetry, young adult literature, and short stories.

The Words That Remain

The Words that Remain book cover

This novel by Stênio Gardel, translated by visiting faculty member Bruna Dantas Lobato ’15, was this year's winner of the National Book Award for Translated Literature.

How to Say Babylon

How to Say Babylon book cover

Safiya Sinclair ’10 wrote this memoir, which has been named an NPR Best Book of the Year, one of the New York Times Notable Books of 2023, and a New Yorker Best Books of the Year

The Weeds

The Weeds book cover

This novel by Bennington Writing Seminars faculty member Katy Simpson Smith was included among the New Yorker's Best Books of the Year and noted as a “must read” by The Boston Globe.

Bennington Writing Seminars Alumni and Faculty Publications
Undergraduate Alumni and Faculty
Coming in 2024

How to Make a Few Billion Dollars, Nonfiction, by Brad Jacobs ’77

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