Lydia Davis is the author of one novel and seven short story collections, one of which was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award. She is the acclaimed translator of an edition of SWANN’S WAY, published by Penguin Press, and her translation of MADAME BOVARY was published by Viking in the US and the UK in 2010. CAN’T AND WON’T, published in 2014, is Davis’s first collection since 2009.
She was awarded the Man Booker International Prize in May 2013.
Lydia's primary agent is Denise Shannon at the Denise Shannon Literary Agency in New York.
My hero: Lydia Davis by Ali Smith - The Guardian
"Now is the time to discover Lydia Davis... [Her] stories are vivid and intriguing. Some seem like magic tricks, so clear are they in their apparent simplicity, and yet they cause the reader to see the world completely anew." -- Erica Wagner, The Times
See Lydia's Man Booker International Prize finalist interview here.
Lydia's latest book, OUR STRANGERS (Canongate) was published in October 2023.