Pasadena Festival of Women Authors 2021 Kiley Reid

Author of Such a Fun Age

Pasadena Festival of Women Authors 2021 Kiley Reid

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In February 2021, Kiley Reid, the author of Such a Fun Age, joined members of the Author Selection Committee and Grantees of the Pasadena Festival of Women Authors to share her journey and answer questions about her writing process. Author bio and graphics included.

Kiley Reid


Kiley Reid’s debut novel is a complex, layered page-turner from a provocative new voice. Such A Fun Age is a story about race and privilege, centered on a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned white employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both. An instant New York Times bestseller and a Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick, 

Such A Fun Age was longlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize and named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, NPR, BBC, The Chicago Tribute, Slate, Parade, Kirkus Reviews, and many others. It won the African American Literary Award and was a finalist for The New York Public Library’s 2020 Young Lion’s Fiction Award, The Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award, and the NAACP Image Award.  Finally, Such a Fun Age was chosen as Best Debut by Goodreads readers. Lena Waithe bought the film rights, and Such a Fun Age is currently in production.

Prior to her first novel, Reid’s short stories were featured in Ploughshares, December and LuminaReid earned her BA from Marymount Manhattan College and received her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was awarded the Truman Capote Fellowship and taught undergraduate creative writing workshops with a focus on race and class. Reid lives in Philadelphia. 

“[A] hilarious, uncomfortable and compulsively readable story about race and class.”–Time. “What a joy to find a debut novel so good that it leaves you looking forward to the rest of its author’s career. –The Times (London). “. . . both deliciously readable and incredibly complex.”   –Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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