Lauren Belfer

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Lauren Belfer
Occupation Novelist

Buffalo Seminary, Swarthmore College,

Columbia University
Genre Historical Fiction
Notable works City Of Light, A Fierce Radiance

Lauren Belfer is an American author from Buffalo, New York, where she attended the Buffalo Seminary,[1] graduating in 1971.[2][3] The school would later serve as basis for the girls boarding-school depicted in her debut novel, City Of Light, about Buffalo, NY during the Pan-American Exposition.

At Swarthmore College, she majored in Medieval Studies. After graduating, she worked as a file clerk at an art gallery, a paralegal, an assistant photo editor at a newspaper, a fact checker at magazines, and as a researcher and associate producer on documentary films. She has an M.F.A. from Columbia University.

Her debut novel, City Of Light, was a New York Times bestseller,[4] as well as a number one Book Sense pick, a Barnes & Noble Discover Award nominee, a New York Times Notable Book,[5] a Library Journal Best Book,[6] a Main Selection of the Book-Of-The-Month Club, a bestseller in Great Britain,[7] has been translated into seven languages,[7] and was adapted into a stage play[8] by Anthony Clarvoe.

Belfer's fiction has also been published in the Michigan Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, and Henfield Prize Stories. Her nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times Book Review,[9][10] the Washington Post Book World,[11][12] the Christian Science Monitor, and elsewhere.

Belfer is interviewed as an author/historian for the PBS documentary on Elbert Hubbard entitled Elbert Hubbard: An American Original.

Her second novel, A Fierce Radiance, a romantic historical thriller which follows the development of penicillin during World War II in New York City, was published by HarperCollins in June, 2010. It was named one of the best novels of 2010 by The Washington Post[13] and one of the year's five best mysteries by NPR.[14] The paperback edition was released March, 2011.

She lives in New York City.


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