Michelle Richmond

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Michelle Richmond
Michelle Richmond in 2011.jpg
Nationality American
Notable works The Girl in the Fall-Away Dress
The Year of Fog
No One You Know
Notable awards Hillsdale Award for Fiction – 2009
Associated Writing Programs Short Fiction Award for The Girl in the Fall-Away Dress – 2000

Michelle Richmond is an American novelist. She wrote The Year of Fog, which was a New York Times bestseller.[1]


Richmond grew up in Mobile, Alabama,[2][3][4] the second of three sisters.[5] She obtained her BA from the University of Alabama[5] and Master of Fine Arts from the University of Miami. She has taught at the University of San Francisco, the California College of the Arts, Saint Mary's College of California[3] in Moraga, at Bowling Green State University and Notre Dame de Namur University.[6] She founded Fiction Attic Press and San Francisco Journal of Books and is also a publisher.[7]

Writing career[edit]

Richmond's first book, the story collection The Girl in the Fall-Away Dress (2001),[8] was published by University of Massachusetts Press. Her third book, The Year of Fog (2007), originally called Ocean Beach,[3] was published by Delacorte Press[9] and was a New York Times best seller.[3][10] Her fourth book, No One You Know (2008),[11][12] was published by Delacorte Press.[13]

Richmond's book, The Year of Fog, won her acclaim including being selected as one of the best books of 2007 by Library Journal, chosen by Kirkus Reviews as a top pick for Reading Groups, was nominated for the Grand prix des lectrices de Elle award, was listed by the San Francisco Chronicle as a notable book and was a New York Times bestseller and a best selling paperback book for Bantam publishers.[1]

She currently serves as a member of the executive council of the Authors Guild.[14]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Richmond obtained the following awards for her writing:

Personal life[edit]

Richmond resides in Northern California[2] with her husband and son.[20]



  1. ^ a b Thornton, Matthew (2 June 2008). "Deals: Return of the Bestsellers". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Michelle Richmond". Random House. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d Grant, Natalie (5 February 2011). "Michelle Richmond: Author of 'The Year of the Fog,' Reads at Los Altos Library Feb. 8". Los Altos Patch. Archived from the original on 16 June 2013. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Well, well, well. It has been a star-studded last couple of weeks here in Mob-easy". Mobile Magnified. 1 June 2009. Archived from the original on May 4, 2015. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Kingsbury, Pam (2003). "Running Toward the Future: An Interview with Michelle Richmond". Southern Scribe. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "International Bestselling Author To Read At Notre Dame de Namur University". Notre Dame de Namur University. 28 March 2012. Archived from the original on April 3, 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "About". San Francisco Journal of Books. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  8. ^ Galehouse, Maggie (9 December 2001). "Books in Brief: The Girl In The Fall-Away Dress". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "A Quick Take on New Releases for Sunday March 25, 2007". The Washington Post. 25 March 2007. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "Paperback bestsellers: Fiction". The New York Times. 18 May 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  11. ^ McCay, Carla (12 June 2009). "No One You Know by Michelle Richmond". Mail Online. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "Fiction Review - No One You Know". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  13. ^ "No One You Know". Open Library. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  14. ^ "People: Week of 5/3/10". Publishers Weekly. 3 May 2010. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  15. ^ "Prizes". FC2. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  16. ^ Zimmerman, Heather (21 January 2011). "The Year of Fog is this year's Silicon Valley Reads selection". Mercury News. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  17. ^ "Awards". The Fellowship of Southern Writers. Archived from the original on July 2, 2013. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  18. ^ "Michelle Richmond-Publications and Prizes". Poets & Writers. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  19. ^ "Fiction Notes". Publishers Weekly. 22 October 2001. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  20. ^ Cardillo, Margaret (3 January 2009). "In Praise of not knowing". therumpus.net. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 

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