Pamela Erens

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Erens at the 2016 Texas Book Festival.

Pamela Erens is an American writer who appeared on a list compiled by the Reader's Digest of "23 Contemporary Writers You Should Have Read by Now".[1] She has written three critically acclaimed novels. Her debut novel, The Understory (2007), was a fiction finalist for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing[2] and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize,.[3] Erens's second novel, The Virgins (2013), received accolades from many sources including The New York Times, The New Yorker and Vanity Fair.[4] It was a finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Book Award.[5] Her newest novel, Eleven Hours, was published in May 2016.[6] It was named a Best Book of 2016 by The New Yorker,[7] NPR,[8] and Kirkus.[9] Erens has also written essays and critical articles for publications such as The New York Times, Vogue, Elle, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Los Angeles Review of Books.[10]


Pamela Erens was brought up in Chicago. Her mother Patricia lectured on film at Rosary College and her father was an attorney.[11][12] Erens was educated at the Latin School of Chicago, and had a novel published at the age of 14 entitled Fight for Freedom: A Slave Girl's Escape; it was written when she was 10. It concerned the escape to the North of an Arkansas slave girl, accompanied by Harriet Tubman.[11][13] She went on to study at Phillips Exeter Academy and Yale University. Erens has been a fellow at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference[14] and the Sewanee Writers' Conference.[15] For many years she was an editor at Glamour magazine.[13] She lives in Maplewood, New Jersey.[16][17]


  1. ^ 23 Contemporary Writers You Should Have Read by Now Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  2. ^ 2008 fiction finalist | Stanford University Libraries Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  3. ^ "Book Prizes – Los Angeles Times Festival of Books» 2007 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes Winners". Archived from the original on 2013-04-24. Retrieved 2015-11-28. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ Retrieved 2015-07-23.
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  6. ^ Pamela Erens : News Archived 2015-07-24 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 2015-07-23.
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  10. ^ "Shorter Pieces". PAMELA ERENS. Retrieved 2015-12-06.
  11. ^ a b The Chicago Tribune, June 25, 1978, page 121 Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  12. ^ SAIC - Patricia Erens - School of the Art Institute of Chicago Retrieved 2015-07-24.
  13. ^ a b The Smoking Poet Interviews Pamela Erens Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  14. ^ "Bread Loaf Writers' Conference 2015 Fellow and Scholar Bios" (PDF). Retrieved November 28, 2015.
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  16. ^ Maplewood Author Pamela Erens Talks About her Dark Side Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  17. ^ Maplewood Literary Award — PAMELA ERENS Retrieved 2016-10-31.

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