Author Spotlight: Kelly Barnhill

To get everyone excited about our discussion on The Girl Who Drank the Moon at our Bridge Summer Reading Program, we wanted to give a bit of background information about TGWDTM’s fabulous author, Kelly Barnhill. For someone who has an extensive repertoire of interesting odd jobs, it comes as no surprise that Barnhill is the author of such imaginative stories. In fact, she has previously been employed as a janitor, bartender, waitress, secretary, activist, park ranger, church-guitar-player, and teacher - all of which have given her experiences that help her tell the stories in her books.

Her first published piece of writing (at least, according to her website) was an essay titled “Toy Soldier” that appeared in the January 2007 issue of Altar. Since then, she has published numerous short stories and novellas. Most notably, though, she is the author of seven novels (three of which are works-in-progress) and one novella.

Aside from The Girl Who Drank the Moon, which was published in August of 2016, her other titles include Iron Hearted Violet (2012), The Mostly True Story of Jack (2011), and The Witch’s Boy (2014). She received the Newbery Medal in 2017 as well as fellowships from The McKnight Foundation, The Jerome Foundation, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. She is the recipient of the World Fantasy Award, the Parents Choice Gold Award, the Texas Library Association Bluebonnet, and a Charlotte Huck Honor.

She lives in Minnesota with her husband, Ted, and three children. She is a self-confessed dog-owning cat person with a range of superpowers including superior soup-making and the ability to make people feel awesome about themselves. We are so excited to be reading one of her creations as a part of our Bridge Summer Reading Program!

Want to read more of Barnhill's works? Check out these other titles: