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Lydia Millet

Visiting Writers Series

May 9, 2013

Lydia Millet is the author of 11 books of fiction, most recently the novel Magnificence (2012), a finalist for the National Book Critics’ Circle and Los Angeles Times book awards. Magnificence is the last in a trilogy about extinction and loss that began with How the Dead Dream and Ghost Lights. A short story collection called Love in Infant Monkeys, shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize, was also concerned with relationships between human and nonhuman animals.

Previous novels include My Happy Life, which won the PEN-USA award for fiction, and Oh Pure and Radiant Heart, about the physicists of the Manhattan Project. Millet has also written two books for young readers, published in 2011 and 2012. She works as a staff writer and editor at the nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity, which advocates for the protection of endangered species and curbing of climate change, and she lives with her children in the desert outside Tucson, Ariz.