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Ellis Avery

The only writer ever to have received the American Library Association Stonewall Award for Fiction twice, Ellis Avery is the author of two novels and a memoir. Her novels, The Last Nude (Riverhead 2012) and The Teahouse Fire (Riverhead 2007) have also received Lambda, Ohioana, and Golden Crown awards, and her work has been translated into six languages. She teaches writing at Columbia University and out of her home in the West Village.

Avery's second novel, The Last Nude, inspired by the Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka, is available in hardcover and paperback from the Riverhead imprint of Penguin, and in audiobook format from Highbridge. It is available in Polish from Bukowy Las and is forthcoming in Romanian. E-reader editions are also available.

Jacki Lyden interviews Ellis about The Last Nude on NPR!
Alison Bechdel recommends The Last Nude on her blog!
Keri Walsh interviews Ellis on Public Culture!

Praise for The Last Nude from The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, SF Weekly, Vogue, and O: The Oprah Magazine! Starred reviews from Booklist and Library Journal! Read more here.

"The Last Nude is a fascinating exploration of the stormy relationship between painter Tamara de Lempicka and her muse Rafaela."
--Margot Livesey, author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy

[The Last Nude is] "as erotic and powerful as the paintings that inspired it."
--Emma Donoghue, author of Room.

Read Emma Donoghue's interview with Ellis about The Last Nude on Amazon.com, or click here to learn more about The Last Nude.

Ellis Avery is also the author of a "beautiful," "magisterial," first novel, THE TEAHOUSE FIRE (Riverhead 2006), which won three awards and was translated into five languages, as well as THE SMOKE WEEK (Gival Press 2003) an award-winning personal account of life in lower Manhattan after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

Click here to read Avery's American Library Association 2008 Stonewall Fiction Award acceptance speech.


coming winter, 2014
West Village, NYC
Thursday nights for eight weeks, starting 1/23
$500; class limited to 7 students.

Avery is also available for one-on-one manuscript consultation, $100/hour.

Click here for more information.


Click here for more information on Avery's recent book tour.


Ellis Avery on the Wall Street Journal Word Craft column

Avery in Vogue's Flash Fiction Spread

An Elaine Encomium

Paris Remembers, Paris Forgets

The Footsore Flâneuse: Discovering One's Own Paris on Public Transportation

And more!

You can also find Ellis on Facebook and Twitter.

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