Maggie Shipstead is a novelist and short story writer. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford. Her debut novel, Seating Arrangements, was a national bestseller and the winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize and the L.A. Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction.
Here, we talk to her about her upcoming novel Astonish Me and about writing what you don't know.
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