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Katherine Sherar Pannill Center (born March 4, 1972) is a contemporary American fiction author.
Early life and education
Center graduated from St. John's School in Houston, Texas, and from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. She won the Vassar College Fiction Prize while a student. She received her M.A. in fiction from the University of Houston, where she was the co-editor of the literary fiction magazine, Gulf Coast. Her graduate thesis, Peepshow, a collection of stories, was a finalist for the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction.
Center is the author of six novels: The Bright Side of Disaster (2006), Everyone is Beautiful (2009), Get Lucky (2010), The Lost Husband (2013), Happiness for Beginners (2015), and How to Walk Away (2018), which was a Book of the Month Club pick for May, 2018. Center's work is often categorized as women's fiction, chick lit and mommy lit. She describes her books as "bittersweet comic novels."
Her first novel was optioned by Varsity Pictures.
Center has published essays in Real Simple and the anthologies Because I Love Her, CRUSH: 26 Real-Life Tales of First Love, and My Parents Were Awesome
Center also makes video essays, one of which, a letter to her daughter about motherhood, became the very popular Defining a Movement video for the Mom 2.0 conference. Center was a presented at the 2018 TEDx Bend, and her talk was entitled, "We Need to Teach Boys to Read Stories About Girls".
Center currently lives in Houston, TX with her husband Gordon, daughter, Anna and son, Thomas.
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