SCS Instructor Christine Sneed Releases Debut Novel, Receives 21st Century Literary Award
Christine Sneed, Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies (SCS) Master of Arts in Creative Writing instructor, has recently added two impressive achievements to her growing number of publications and awards. In February, she released her debut novel, Little Known Facts (Bloomsbury USA, 2013), which has been showered with praise from the press. In April, The Chicago Public Library Foundation and the Chicago Public Library announced that Sneed is a recipient of the 21st Century Award, which honors significant recent achievement by a Chicago-area writer. Sneed teaches the fiction workshop at SCS.
As a writer who has been previously described as keeping a low profile, Sneed’s new novel has brought her to the center of attention. The New York Times, Timeout Chicago and Booklist, among other outlets, have featured reviews of Little Known Facts and in-depth interviews with Sneed. The book has been lauded for the “elegance of [its] prose” (New York Times) and its “skill at conjuring multiple voices” (Star Tribune). She will be celebrated for receiving the 21st Century Literary Award at the 13th annual Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner on October 23, 2013 at The Forum on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Alongside Sneed will be internationally acclaimed author Isabel Allende and bestselling author and journalist Michael Lewis, who will be honored for receiving this year’s Carl Sandburg Literary Award.
In addition to Little Known Facts, Sneed is the author of Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry (University of Massachusetts Press, 2010), which was the recipient of AWP's 2009 Grace Paley Prize in short fiction and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the first fiction category. Portraits was also awarded Ploughshares' 2011 John C. Zacharis Prize for a first book, and was the Chicago Writers Association's Book of the Year in the traditionally published fiction category. Her numerous short stories have appeared in several acclaimed journals, including Best American Short Stories, PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, Ploughshares, Southern Review, New England Review, and Glimmer Train. Her poetry has been featured in publications such as River Styx, Pleiades, Black Warrior Review, Poetry East and Poet Lore. She has also been awarded an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in poetry.