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Joan Silber, the author of eight books of fiction, writes both linked stories and novels. The recipient of a Guggenheim and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts, she has also been honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters and received the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. Her most recent novel, Improvement, won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award.  Her previous book of stories, Fools, was longlisted for the National Book Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award.  Her novel The Size of the World was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Fiction Prize, and Ideas of Heaven, a collection of stories, was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Story Prize.  Her book The Art of Time in Fiction (Graywolf) has been called “a little gem” by fellow writers and is widely taught. Joan Silber teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College and in the Warren Wilson MFA Program and has taught in the major writing conferences of the US.  She lives in New York City.

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