Kate Walbert

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Kate Walbert
Born (1961-08-13) August 13, 1961 (age 60)
New York City
Genrenovelist, short story writer

Kate Walbert (born August 13, 1961) is an American novelist and short story writer who lives in New York City. Her novel, Our Kind, was a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction.[1] Her novel A Short History of Women, a New York Times bestseller, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and named one of the ten best books of 2009 by The New York Times.[2][3][4]


Walbert was born in New York City but raised in Georgia, Texas, Japan, and Pennsylvania. After graduating from Choate Rosemary Hall, she attended Northwestern University’s School of Communication before earning a master's degree in English from NYU. Among other publications, her short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, and The Paris Review, and has twice been included in The Best American Short Stories and the O. Henry Awards.[5][6][7][8] She has published one short story collection and four novels. Her first novel, The Gardens of Kyoto, received the Connecticut Book Award in fiction and was a finalist for the IMPAC/Dublin award.[9][10]


Walbert was a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Connecticut Commission on the Arts Fellowship.[11] From 2011-2012, she was a Fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Writers and Scholars at the New York Public Library.[12]

Partial bibliography[edit]


  • To Do (2019)
  • His Favorites (2018)
  • The Sunken Cathedral (2015)[13]
  • A Short History of Women (2009)
  • Our Kind (2004)
  • The Gardens of Kyoto (2001)

Short fiction[edit]

  • Where She Went (1998)


  • Reviewing A Short History of Women, The Washington Post called Walbert “reminiscent of a host of innovative writers from Virginia Woolf to Muriel Spark to Pat Barker.”[14]


  1. ^ National Book Award
  2. ^ New York Times
  3. ^ Los Angeles Times
  4. ^ New York Times
  5. ^ The New Yorker
  6. ^ The Paris Review
  7. ^ The Best American Short Stories
  8. ^ O. Henry Awards
  9. ^ Library Thing
  10. ^ "IMPAC Dublin". Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2015-04-01.
  11. ^ New York State Writers Institute
  12. ^ New York Public Library
  13. ^ "Novel's characters live in land of 'What ifs,' none of them good | Book reviews | stltoday.com".
  14. ^ Washington Post

External links[edit]

  1. Kate Walbert's website
  2. Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalists 2010
  3. Sunday Book Review "A Short History of Women" by Leah Hager Cohen
  4. Washington Post Book Review: A Short History of Women
  5. "Our Kind" on nationalbook.org
  6. "Kate Walbert on A Short History of Women" by Eryn Loeb for Time Out New York
  7. Kate Walbert Interview on NPR
  8. Kate Walbert Interview from bitchmagazine.org
  9. Kate Walbert Interview from bookbrowse.com