Karen Cushman

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Karen Cushman
Karen Cushman 2016.jpg
Cushman at the 2016 Texas Book Festival
Born (1941-10-04) October 4, 1941 (age 75)
Chicago, Illinois, US
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Alma mater Stanford University
Genre Young adult historical novels
Notable works
Notable awards Newbery Medal

Karen Cushman (born October 4, 1941)[1]) is an American writer of historical fiction. Her 1995 novel The Midwife's Apprentice won the Newbery Medal for children's literature, and her 1994 novel Catherine, Called Birdy won a Newbery Honor.[2] She has a bachelor of arts degree in Greek and English from Stanford University. In addition, she has a master's degree in human behavior as well as a master's degree in museum studies.[3] For eleven years she was adjunct professor in the Museum Studies Department at John F. Kennedy University before resigning in 1996 to write full-time.[4] She lives and writes on Vashon Island near Seattle, Washington.[5]




  1. ^ "Karen Cushman Papers". Arne Nixon Center. Retrieved 2008-12-13. 
  2. ^ "Newbery Medal and Honor Books, 1922-Present". American Library Association. Retrieved 2008-12-13. 
  3. ^ Bowlan, Cheryl. "Karen Cushman". ACHUKA. Retrieved 2008-12-13. 
  4. ^ Reimer, Julie. "Karen Cushman". Children's Literature Network. Retrieved 2012-05-29. 
  5. ^ Author's biography, inside rear cover, "The Midwife's Apprentice" 2nd edition, ISBN 978-0-547-72217-7
  6. ^ a b ALA. Newbery Medal & Honor Books, 1922-Present. Retrieved 2008-12-19.
  7. ^ SCBWI. Past Golden Kite Recipients. Retrieved 2015-06-16.
  8. ^ The California Library Association. [1]. Retrieved 12-05-29.
  9. ^ CLN. [2]. Retrieved 12-04-04.

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