Joan Silber

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Joan Silber
Joan Silber visiting Barnes & Noble for New York book signing.
Joan Silber visiting Barnes & Noble for New York book signing.

Joan Silber is an American novelist and short story writer. She won the 2017 National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction and the 2018 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for her novel Improvement.


Silber grew up in Millburn, New Jersey. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and obtained a M.A. degree from New York University. She taught at NYU and now teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and currently lives in New York City.[1]

Her work has been published in The O. Henry Prize Stories and The Pushcart Prize collections, and has also appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, and The Paris Review.[2]

Published work[edit]


  • Improvement (2017)
  • The Size of the World (W.W. Norton, 2008)
  • Ideas of Heaven: A Ring of Stories (W.W. Norton, 2004)
  • Lucky Us (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2001)
  • In the City (Viking, 1987)
  • Household Words (Penguin Books, 1980)

Short Story Collections

Honors and awards[edit]

Joan Silber sharing a moment with audience at New York book signing, June 27, 2013, Barnes & Noble.

She has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation,[7] the National Endowment for the Arts[8] and the New York Foundation for the Arts.[citation needed]


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