Lydia Davis

Lydia Davis (born July 15, 1947, Northampton, Massachusetts) is an American writer known especially for her very short stories. She won the Man Booker International Prize in 2013. Her idiosyncratic stories are often characterized by vivid observations of mostly mundane and routine occurrences. She’s also a novelist, essayist, and translator from French and other languages. She has produced several new translations of French literary classics, including Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust and Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert.

Snug Harbor’s own Sofie Verraest was happy to interview Davis a while back for the Fiction Writers Review, where she also published a nerdfest of an essay about her very short stories, entitled “Three Writers Walk into a Bar: Why I’m Not Bored to Tears Reading Lydia Davis.”