Mary Kay Zuravleff is the author of Man Alive!, a Washington Post Notable Book, as well as The Bowl Is Already Broken and The Frequency of Souls. All three were published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Man Alive! was praised by People magazine for its "impressive intelligence and sly humor" and was a popular book club selection. The Bowl Is Already Broken, which begins with a Chinese bowl tumbling down the marble steps of a fictionalized Asian art museum on the National Mall, was inspired by her years as the senior editor of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art. The New York Times deemed that novel "a tart, affectionate satire of the museum world's bickering and scheming." And The Frequency of Souls, which won the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of the Arts and the James Jones First Novel Award, was touted by the Chicago Tribune as "a beguiling and wildly inventive first novel."
Mary Kay is a founder of NoveltyDC, which offers manuscript consultations and private coaching. She has taught writing at American University, Johns Hopkins University, and George Mason University, and she has written and edited extensively for the Smithsonian Institution. She was a cofounder of the DMV Women Writers, a previous DC-area Ambassador for the Authors Guild, and a Director Emeritus of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. She lives in Washington, D.C., and has been a recipient of Artist Fellowships from the DC Commission on the Arts every year for the last ten years, including for 2021.
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A newspaper dress I bought in the subway proves to be perfect for a New Yorker party in "The Talk of the Town."
Origins journal features my essay that every slice of the novel is the novel in "The DNA of the Novel."
I explain "How to Make Your Book a Bestseller" in The Atlantic.
Shelf Awareness sends Debra Ginsberg to ask whatever her heart desires. We turn out to be a good match.
Lisa Gornick and I interview each other because her wonderful new novel, Tinderbox, revolves around a psychiatrist, as does Man Alive!
Sometimes people give me presents. No pressure. And by people, I usually mean Yael Gen.
And here's my discovery that E. L. Konigsburg was my muse.