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Karen Joy Fowler

Award-winning and bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club and We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

  • About Karen Joy Fowler

    Karen Joy Fowler is the author of three story collections and six novels, including We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award as well as the California Book Award for Fiction for 2013, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize the first year the prize was open to Americans.  She is also the author of The Jane Austen Book Club, which was on the New York Times bestseller list for nineteen weeks and was made into a major motion picture. In addition, her novel Sister Noon was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Consistently acclaimed by critics, most of her titles have been New York Times Notable Books and named to many best-of-year lists.

    Fowler’s lectures are filled with same imagination, sharp wit, and honesty that fill the pages of her book. A master of multiple genres, including science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction and short stories, Fowler’s lectures have wide-appeal for book lovers of all types.

    Fowler is also the co-founder of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award and the current president of the Clarion Foundation (also known as Clarion San Diego).

    Born and raised in an academic family in Bloomington, Indiana, she holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in South Asian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.  She lived for many years in Davis, California, and now lives in Santa Cruz.

  • Speaking Topics

    We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

    The Jane Austen Book Club

    Wit’s End

    Sister Noon

    The Sweetheart Season

    Sarah Canary

    What I Didn’t See

    Black Glass

    The Science of Herself

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  • Praise for Karen Joy Fowler


    Karen’s visit at Luther College was simply wonderful. Students and faculty alike responded very well to her convocation talk, which opened the semester beautifully. She had an important message for students, one that reinforced the themes of our first-year course. Her talk was also clever and memorable for the faculty, staff and community audience. We appreciated her generous interactions with advanced student writers and with first year students—even with a long, long line of students waiting to have their book signed! It was a great event!

    Luther College

    Praise for Black Glass

    A splendid book, displaying a dazzling range of style, tone, and odd, true insights. Fowler is one of a kind.

    Minneapolis Star-Tribune

    Praise for We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

    A novel so readably juicy and surreptitiously smart, it deserves all the attention it can get . . . [Its] fresh diction and madcap plot bend the tone toward comedy, but it never mislays its solemn raison d’être. Monkeyshines aside, this is a story of Every family in which loss engraves relationships, truth is a soulful stalker and coming-of-age means facing down the mirror, recognizing the shape-shifting notion of self.

    Barbara Kingsolver, The New York Times Book Review

    Praise for The Science of Herself

    An astonishing narrative voice, at once lyric and ironic, satiric and nostalgic . . . Fowler can tell stories that engage and enchant

    San Francisco Chronicle

    Praise for Sarah Canary

    Unforgettable... Incandescent…Bewitching.

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

    Praise for Sister Noon

    A playful, mysterious, highly imaginative narrative set in the San Francisco of the 1890's...Robust, sly, witty, elegant, unexpected and never, ever, boring.

    Margot Livesey, The New York Times Book Review

    Praise for Wit’s End

    Fowler's understated wit and storytelling skills are in full flower

    The Boston Globe
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