Alethea Black was born in Boston and graduated from Harvard College in 1991. Her father was a mathematician, and for a long time she believed her name, the Greek word for truth, was his way of tipping his cap to the idea of absolutes. Then one day her mother overheard her and said, “No, we got your name from a TV show.” (Judd, for the Defense.)
Her debut collection of short stories, I Knew You'd Be Lovely (Broadway Books, July 2011), is in its seventh printing and was chosen as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and an Oprah.com Book of the Week. A three-time MOTH StorySLAM winner, Black lives with Josie Baker and Lightnin' Hopkins in Dutchess County, NY.
Sample stories from the collection here and here.
My first review!
Guest blog post for the Happy Ending series.
Fun interview with the folks at The Story Prize.
Why the book includes a section of Author's Notes with the stories behind the stories.
Reviews in The Boston Globe and the StarTribune. One reviewer not only calls the book hilarious, she calls me young(!). Love her!
Read a Q & A or an interview.
Got your headphones ready? Writers on Writing radio interview and Work Stew podcast.
My answer to the question Why write? (you have to scroll down a bit).
Why do I write at night?
I love stories such as David Bezmozgis' "Natasha" that are hugely entertaining while they quietly work on your heart.
Ten months post publication, and we're in our fourth printing ... Plus new review/interviews from Albany and Ohio. "These are funny, sexy, wise stories; some are sad, yet somehow they're always hopeful."
Questions for reading groups are here.
Connect via Facebook.
First new story since the collection: "You, on a Good Day" was published in One Story and was nominated for a Pushcart and for inclusion in The Best American Short Stories.
It was a dream come true to be endorsed in the New York Times by one of my very favorite authors, Anne Lamott.
And the next book, a novel for young adults of all ages, is called The Key.