Anne Fadiman

Anne Fadiman is an author, essayist, editor, and teacher. Her best-selling book Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader is a collection of essays originally published in the Library of Congress's Civilization magazine, where Fadiman served as one of the founding editors. It is a book entirely about books — from the purchasing of them, to the reading of them, to the handling of them (always write in the margins; go ahead and crack the spines; pay no mind if you drop crumbs between the pages; shelve American literature alphabetically by author, English literature chronologically). The London Observer called Ex Libris"witty, enchanting, and supremely well-written." It has been or will be translated into thirteen languages, including Korean and Catalan.

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
(1997), Fadiman's first book, chronicles the trials of an epileptic Hmong child and her family living in Merced, California. Fadiman's sensitive, incisive treatment of the unbreachable gulf between the Hmong and American medical systems won her a National Book Critics Circle Award. The Washington Post called the book "an intriguing, spirit-lifting, extraordinary exploration."

Her essays and articles have appeared in Harper's, The New Yorker, and The New York Times, among many other publications. She has won National Magazine Awards for both reporting and essays. Anne Fadiman is the editor of the 2003 edition of Best American Essays.

For seven years Anne Fadiman edited The American Scholar, the venerable literary quarterly that has been published since 1932 and described by The New York Times as “an intellectual giant.” In 2005 she began as the first Francis Writer in Residence at Yale. Anne Fadiman is currently editing Rereadings, a collection of essays originally published in The American Scholar in which seventeen writers all chose a book they’d originally read before the age of 25 and reread it later in life. She is also editing a collection of her own essays.

Q&A with Anne Fadiman
From an interview by Ron Hogan

UAB Public Presentation
On November 7, Anne Fadiman will give a public presentation at 7:00 pm at the Alys Stephens Center. The author will deliver a talk on the subject matter of her book The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down followed by audience questions and discussion. The event is free and open to all members of the UAB and Birmingham community. More information on her visit will be posted to this site soon