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Vendela Vida - Author

About the Author

Vendela Vida is the author of the acclaimed novels 'And Now You Can Go' and 'Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name'. She is a founding editor of The Believer magazine, and the editor of The Believer Book of Writers Talking to Writers. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and children.

Featured books by Vendela Vida

The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty

The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty

Author: Vendela Vida Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/07/2016

In Vendela Vida's taut and mesmerizing novel of ideas, a woman travels to Casablanca, Morocco, on mysterious business. While checking into her hotel, the woman is robbed of her wallet and passport - all of her money and identification. Though the police investigate, the woman senses an undercurrent of complicity between the hotel staff and the authorities - she knows she'll never recover her possessions. Stripped of her identity, she feels burdened by the crime yet strangely liberated by her sudden freedom to be anyone she chooses. A chance encounter with a movie producer leads to a job posing as a stand-in for a well-known film star. The star reels her in deeper, though, and soon she's inhabiting the actress's skin off set, too - going deeper into the Casablancan night and further from herself. And so continues a strange and breathtaking journey full of unexpected turns, an adventure in which the woman finds herself moving further and further away from the person she once was.

The Lovers

The Lovers

Author: Vendela Vida Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/2012

Yvonne is newly widowed, her children grown up. And so, hoping to revisit memories of a happier time, she travels to Turkey. Despite the sand and sea, memories of Yvonne's past are overwhelming and she clings to a newfound friendship with Ahmet, a local boy who makes his living as a shell collector. With Ahmet as her guide, Yvonne finally begins to enjoy the shimmering waters and relaxed pace of the Turkish coast. But when a devastating accident suddenly upends her hard-won peace, she finds her life thrown into chaos and with it her fragile sense of belonging.

Other books by Vendela Vida

And Now You Can Go

And Now You Can Go

Author: Vendela Vida Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/12/2017

A gun is pointed at 21-year-old Ellis as she walks through a New York park. Although she escapes unharmed she is left psychologically reeling. Over the next few weeks Ellis keeps everyone at bay: the police, suitors who want to save her, and the university therapist who hints that her sweaters are too tight. But when Ellis accompanies her mother, a nurse, on a mission in the Philippines, she finds the life - even if held up - cannot be held back, and neither, finally, can she.

The Believer, Issue 114

The Believer, Issue 114

Author: Vendela Vida Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/08/2017

The Believer, a five-time National Magazine Award finalist, is a bimonthly literature, arts, and culture magazine. In each issue, readers will find journalism and essays that are frequently very long, book reviews that are not necessarily timely, and interviews that are intimate, frank, and also very long. There are intricate illustrations by Tony Millionaire and a rotating cast of guest artists, poems, and regular columns by Nick Hornby and Daniel Handler. The annual Music Issue features Karen Tongson on her namesake, Karen Carpenter, and how the particular whiteness of the Carpenters' sound took off in the Philippines; Michael Snyder on a territory in northeast India in which contemporary Christian gospel is effecting near-total cultural assimilation; Phillip Pantuso on Guyanese songbird smugglers; Stephanie Elizondo Griest on dancers who place art above everything else in their lives; and Sandi Rankaduwa on the evolution of female emcees. There will also be (among other things) a special section on unreliable songwriters; a visual examination of Italo Disco's map to humanity's apotheosis via glitter and robot sex; and interviews with Enya, the LA Phil's Deborah Borda, punk bassist Mike Watt, rapper and producer Lil B, and legendary rock muse Bebe Buell.

The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty

The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty

Author: Vendela Vida Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/07/2016

In Vendela Vida's taut and mesmerizing novel of ideas, a woman travels to Casablanca, Morocco, on mysterious business. While checking into her hotel, the woman is robbed of her wallet and passport - all of her money and identification. Though the police investigate, the woman senses an undercurrent of complicity between the hotel staff and the authorities - she knows she'll never recover her possessions. Stripped of her identity, she feels burdened by the crime yet strangely liberated by her sudden freedom to be anyone she chooses. A chance encounter with a movie producer leads to a job posing as a stand-in for a well-known film star. The star reels her in deeper, though, and soon she's inhabiting the actress's skin off set, too - going deeper into the Casablancan night and further from herself. And so continues a strange and breathtaking journey full of unexpected turns, an adventure in which the woman finds herself moving further and further away from the person she once was.

Confidence, or the Appearance of Confidence The Best of the Believer Music Interviews

Confidence, or the Appearance of Confidence The Best of the Believer Music Interviews

Author: Vendela Vida Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2014

Believer Books collects 35 interviews with some of today's most influential musicians and includes such conversational treasures as Bjork on e.e. cummings, Lucinda Williams on writing about sex, Trey Anastasio on improvisation games, M.I.A. on the power of the internet, and Jack White on upholstering a couch. The interviews are conducted in The Believer magazine's intimate, casual, long-form style, and while they focus on the music--creating it, playing it, touring it, living with it--they never hesitate to explore the subjects' other passions. This collection is perfect for fans, lovers of the interview format, cultural aficionados, and aspiring polymaths.

The Believer, Issue 100

The Believer, Issue 100

Author: Vendela Vida Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/07/2013

The Believer is a monthly magazine where length is no object. It features long articles, interviews, and book reviews, as well as poems, comics, and a two-page vertically-oriented Schema spread, more or less unreproduceable on the web. The common thread in all these facets is that the Believer gives people and books the benefit of the doubt (the working title of this magazine was the Optimist). On each issue, Charles Burns's beautiful illustrations adorn the cover; our regular raft of writers, artists, and photographers fill the pages; and the feel of the Westcan Printing Group's gorgeous Roland Enviro 100 Natural recycled acid-free heavy stock paper warms your heart.

The Believer, Issue 98 Issue 98

The Believer, Issue 98 Issue 98

Author: Vendela Vida Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/05/2013

The Believer is a monthly magazine where length is no object. It features long articles, interviews, and book reviews, as well as poems, comics, and a two-page vertically-oriented Schema spread, more or less unreproduceable on the web. The common thread in all these facets is that the Believer gives people and books the benefit of the doubt (the working title of this magazine was the Optimist). On each issue, Charles Burns's beautiful illustrations adorn the cover; our regular raft of writers, artists, and photographers fill the pages; and the feel of the Westcan Printing Group's gorgeous Roland Enviro 100 Natural recycled acid-free heavy stock paper warms your heart.

The Lovers

The Lovers

Author: Vendela Vida Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/2012

Yvonne is newly widowed, her children grown up. And so, hoping to revisit memories of a happier time, she travels to Turkey. Despite the sand and sea, memories of Yvonne's past are overwhelming and she clings to a newfound friendship with Ahmet, a local boy who makes his living as a shell collector. With Ahmet as her guide, Yvonne finally begins to enjoy the shimmering waters and relaxed pace of the Turkish coast. But when a devastating accident suddenly upends her hard-won peace, she finds her life thrown into chaos and with it her fragile sense of belonging.

Lovers

Lovers

Author: Vendela Vida Format: eBook Release Date: 22/06/2010

Vendela Vida has written a riveting and suspenseful novel about an American womans voyage to self-discovery.Joyce Carol OatesStunning. A masterful meditation on grief and love. The Lovers is a sensational novel from one of our finest writers at the height of her craft.Stephen Elliott, author of The Adderall DiariesIn 2007, Vendela Vidas novel Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. With her new novel, The Lovers, former Kate Chopin Writing Award winner Vida tells a powerful and beautiful tale of a widow returning alone to the site of her honeymoon in Turkey, and her subsequent journeys through her past and her present.

The Believer, Issue 56 September 2008

The Believer, Issue 56 September 2008

Author: Vendela Vida Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/09/2008

The Believer is an amiable yet rigorous forum for book criticism, providing an alternative to the plot summary squib that has become synonymous with book review. Each issue includes interviews with philosophers, politicians, poets, and ninjas. Nick Hornby has a widely celebrated books column, and Amy Sedaris (as well as well-known guest-columnists) offers hilariously bad advice. The celebrated graphic novelist Charles Burns illustrates the cover each month, and the magazine is packaged with a tactile and varying bonus item a CD, DVD, temporary tattoos, and so on.

Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name

Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name

Author: Vendela Vida Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/09/2007

A Radio 4 Book at Bedtime 'The hottest young writer in US fiction' -- Guardian When Clarissa Iverton was fourteen years old, her mother disappeared leaving Clarissa to be raised by her father. Upon his death, Clarissa, now twenty-eight, discovers he wasn't her father at all. Abandoning her fiance, Clarissa travels from New York to Helsinki, and then north of the Arctic Circle - to Lapland. There, under the northern lights, Clarissa not only unearths her family's secrets, but also the truth about herself.

And Now You Can Go

And Now You Can Go

Author: Vendela Vida Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2004

A gun is pointed at 21-year-old Ellis as she walks through a New York park. Although she escapes unharmed she is left psychologically reeling. Over the next few weeks Ellis keeps everyone at bay: the police, suitors who want to save her, and the university therapist who hints that her sweaters are too tight. But when Ellis accompanies her mother, a nurse, on a mission in the Philippines, she finds the life - even if held up - cannot be held back, and neither, finally, can she.

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