One of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists, Catherine Lacey is a writer “whose radiant voice will be sounding in our literature for many years to come” (The New Yorker). Catherine’s mercurial and boundary-pushing novels – Nobody Is Ever Missing, The Answers and the forthcoming Pew – unpack the value systems we place around monogamy, education, and our friends, siblings and parents, while speaking to forgiveness, perception and the faulty tools society uses to categorise human complexity. Stephanie Bishop meets the author Jonathan Lethem described as “one part Kaspar Hauser, one part James Purdy, and one part Rachel Cusk”.

Catherine Lacey (International)

Catherine Lacey

Catherine Lacey is the author of three novels: Nobody Is Ever Missing, The Answers, and the forthcoming Pew. She has published fiction in The New Yorker, Harper's, Playboy, and in the collection Certain American States. She is a recipient of a Whiting Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, and was named one of Granta Magazine's Best of Young American Novelists in 2017. Born in Mississippi, she is now based in Chicago.

Stephanie Bishop (Australian)

Stephanie Bishop

Stephanie Bishop is the author of Man Out of Time, The Other Side of the World and The Singing. She is the winner of The Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Australian Novelist award, the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction, and the Literary Fiction Book of the Year Award. Her writing has appeared in The London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement and The Monthly. She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of New South Wales.