Alice McDermott visiting Barnes & Noble in New York.
June 27, 1953 |
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Alice McDermott (born June 27, 1953) is an American writer and university professor. For her 1998 novel Charming Billy she won an American Book Award and the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction.
McDermott was born in Brooklyn, New York. She attended St. Boniface School in Elmont, New York, on Long Island (1967), Sacred Heart Academy in Hempstead (1971), and the State University of New York at Oswego, receiving her BA in 1975, and received her MA from the University of New Hampshire in 1978.
She has taught at UCSD and American University, has been a writer-in-residence at Lynchburg College and Hollins College in Virginia, and was lecturer in English at the University of New Hampshire. Her short stories have appeared in Ms., Redbook, Mademoiselle, The New Yorker and Seventeen. She has also published articles in The New York Times and The Washington Post.
Ms. McDermott lives outside Washington, D.C. with her husband, a neuroscientist, and three children. She is Catholic, though she once deemed herself "not a very good Catholic."
Awards and honors
- That Night (1987) — finalist for the National Book Award, the Pen/Faulkner Award, and the Pulitzer Prize
- At Weddings and Wakes (1992) — finalist for the Pulitzer Prize
- Charming Billy (1998) — winner of an American Book Award (1999) and the National Book Award
- Child of My Heart : A Novel (2002) — nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
- After This (2006) — finalist for the Pulitzer Prize
- Someone (2013) - longlisted for the 2013 National Book Award Fiction
- 1987 Whiting Award
- In 2010 she received the Fitzgerald Award for Achievement in American Literature award which is given annually in Rockville Maryland, the city where Fitzgerald, his wife, and his daughter are buried as part of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival.
- 2013 Inducted into the New York Writers Hall of Fame.
- 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award fiction shortlist for Someone
- 2014 Finalist for Dayton Literary Peace Prize.
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- A Bigamist's Daughter. A&C Black. 1982. ISBN 978-1-4088-5323-8.; reprint 21 November 2013
- That Night: A Novel. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 1987. ISBN 978-1-4299-2974-5.; reprint 21 February 2005
- At Weddings and Wakes: A Novel. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 1992. ISBN 978-1-4299-2962-2.; reprint 24 November 2009
- Charming Billy: A Novel. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 1998. ISBN 978-1-4299-2970-7.; reprint 24 November 2009
- Child of My Heart, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2002; 2013, ISBN 9781408806678
- After This. Random House Publishing Group. 2006. ISBN 978-0-440-33730-0.; reprint 25 September 2007
- Someone: A Novel. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 10 September 2013. ISBN 978-0-374-28109-0.
- "These Short, Dark Days." The New Yorker. 24 Aug. 2015: 58-65. Print.
- The Ninth Hour: A Novel. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 19 September 2017. ISBN 9780374280147
- American Booksellers Association (2013). "The American Book Awards / Before Columbus Foundation [1980–2012]". BookWeb. Archived from the original on March 13, 2013. Retrieved September 25, 2013.
1999 [...] Charming Billy, Alice McDermott
- "National Book Awards – 1998". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-27.
(With essays by Alice Elliott Dark and Katie McDonough from the Awards 60-year anniversary blog.)
- Boston College Magazine article by her
- "National Book Awards – 1987". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-27.
- "Fiction". Past winners & finalists by category. The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2012-03-27.
- Kirsten Reach (January 14, 2014). "NBCC finalists announced". Melville House Books. Retrieved January 14, 2014.
- "Announcing the National Book Critics Awards Finalists for Publishing Year 2013". National Book Critics Circle. January 14, 2014. Retrieved January 14, 2014.
- "2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Finalists." http://daytonliterarypeaceprize.org/2014-finalists.htm
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