Author Profile: Kate Bernheimer

Author Profile: Kate Bernheimer is an American fairy-tale writer, editor and scholar.

Name: Kate Bernheimer


2008 – The Girl in the Castel Inside the Museum

2010 – Horse, Flower, Bird

2012 – The Lonely Book

2014 – How a Mother Weaned her Girl from Fairy Tales

2020 – Fairy Tale Architecture

Background: Kate Bernheimer was born in 1950 in the United States. She is 70 years old. She completed her BA from Wesleyan University. Kate Bernheimer is the co-editor and co-curator (with her architect brother – Andrew Bernheimer) of ‘Fairy Tale Architecture’ published by Places Journal. Kate Bernheirmer is called as ‘one of the living masters of the fairy tale’ (Tin House). Presently she is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she teaches creative writing and fairy tales.

Genre: Literature and Fiction, Fairy Tales and Children’s Books

Literary Contributions: Kate Bernheimer is the author of The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum which was selected in 2008 by Publishers Weekly as the best picture book of the year.

My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales, are her World Fantasy Award winning collection, she has edited and was published by Penguin Books in Fall 2010.

‘The Lonely Book’ is her most recent children’s book illustrated by Chris Sheban. has listed the book as the ‘Best Books of the Month’ selection for May 2012. Random House Children’s Books published ‘The Lonely Book’ in April 2012.

Kate Bernheimer’s name is included in the list of contributors to The & Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing which was released in the spring of 2013.

Unique Stylistic Features: Kate Bernheimer’s first three novels are a trilogy based on Russian, German and Yiddish fairy tales, published by Fiction Collective 2 are ‘The Complete Tales of Lucy Gold’ (2011), The Complete Tales of Merry Gold (2006), and ‘The Complete Tales of Ketzia Gold’ (2001).

Her edited works are My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me, Fairy Tale Review.

Her short story collection amongst her other work includes Horse, Flower, Bird. Coffee House Press published the short story collection in Fall 2010. Horse, Flower, Bird are her strangely moving stories that combine deep wisdom and fantasy both. In the stories an added delight are Rikki Ducornet’s illustrations.

Kate Bernheimer is editor and founder of the journal Fairy Tale Review as well as various fairy-tale anthologies, including Brothers and Beasts (Wayne State University Press, 2007) and Mirror, Mirror on the Wall (Doubleday, 2002).

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