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Lindsay Stern is the author of The Study of Animal Languages, described as a "warm, satisfying novel” (Forbes) that “tracks the breakdown of an academic couple’s marriage while dissecting differences between language and communication, knowledge and truth, madness and inspiration” (Publisher’s Weekly). Named one of Vanity Fair's Most Anticipated Books of 2019, it won a Lois Kahn Writers' Award and the Taylor-Chehak Prize in Fiction from the Iowa Writers' Workshop.


Her first book, Town of Shadows, about a mender of carpets living in a dictatorship, was adapted into a dance by choreographers Brendan Duggan and Mallory Rosenthal. She has received a Watson Fellowship, an Amy Award, and an Academy of American Poets' Prize. Her long-form essay "The Divide", about a controversial experiment in the field of primatology, was the cover story of Smithsonian Magazine's July/August 2020 issue. She has an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and an M.Phil from Yale University, where she is a doctoral candidate in Comparative Literature.


Photo credit: Lee Stern

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