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Catherine Ryan Hyde

Catherine Ryan Hyde is an award-winning short story writer and a novelist much in favor with critics. Her novels have enjoyed bestseller status in both the US and UK, and her short stories have won many awards and honors. Her book Pay It Forward was adapted into a movie and her novel Electric God is currently in development. She lives in Cambria, CA.

Her newer novels are Becoming Chloe (Knopf Spring 2006), Love in the Present Tense (Doubleday/Flying Dolphin Press Summer 2006), The Year of My Miraculous Reappearance (Knopf Spring 2007), Chasing Windmills (Doubleday/Flying Dolphin Press Spring 2008), and The Day I Killed James (Knopf Summer 2008). Love in the Present Tense enjoyed bestseller status in the UK, where it broke the top ten, spent five weeks on the list, was reviewed on a major TV book club, and shortlisted for a Best Read of the Year award at the British Book Awards.

Two of her stories have been honored in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest. She received second place in the 1997 Bellingham Review Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction. Nearly a dozen of her stories have been nominated for Best American Short Stories, The O'Henry Award and The Pushcart Prize. Three have been cited in Best American Short Stories anthologies.

She has served on the 1998 fiction fellowship panel of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and on the editorial staff of the Santa Barbara Review and Central Coast Magazine. She teaches workshops at the Santa Barbara, La Jolla and Central Coast Writers Conferences.

She is founder and president of the Pay It Forward Foundation. As a professional public speaker she has addressed the National Conference on Education, twice spoken at Cornell University, met with Americorps members at the White House and shared a dais with Bill Clinton.

Articles by Catherine Ryan Hyde

A Real Eye Opener March 25, 2008 (Catherine Ryan Hyde) Writing my new novel Chasing Windmills was a real eye-opener for me. It finally proved to me that the labels we put on fiction fall somewhere short of useful. I had suspected this all along, but thought it was my own odd perception. (complete article...)