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Kate Bernheimer

Kate Bernheimer was recently the George Bennett Fellow in Creative Writing at Phillips Exeter Academy. She is currently writing a novel, The Complete Tales of Ketzia Gold. She grew up in Newton, Massachusetts, and now lives in Portland, Oregon. 


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The Girl Who Wouldn't Brush Her Hair
Written by Kate Bernheimer, Illustrated by Jake Parker
Schwartz & Wade | Hardcover | September 2013
$17.99/19.99(Canada) | 978-0-375-86878-8 (0-375-86878-X)

This hilarious, over-the-top story is perfect for any little girl who doesn't like to brush her hair.

What happens when our heroine neglects her long tresses? Well, one day a mouse comes to live in a particularly tangled lock. Soon after, more mice move in, and the girl's unruly mop is... Read more

The Lonely Book
Written by Kate Bernheimer, Illustrated by Chris Sheban
Schwartz & Wade | Hardcover | April 2012
$17.99/19.99(Canada) | 978-0-375-86226-7 (0-375-86226-9)

When a wonderful new book arrives at the library, at first it is loved by all, checked out constantly, and rarely spends a night on the library shelf. But over time it grows old and worn, and the children lose interest in its story. The book is sent to the library's... Read more

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
Edited by Kate Bernheimer
Anchor | Trade Paperback | March 1998
$16.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-385-48681-1 (0-385-48681-2)

New edition (revised and expanded) available 8/13/02.

Fairy tales are one of the most enduring forms of literature, their plots retold and characters reimagined for centuries. In this elegant and thought-provoking collection of original essays, Kate Bernheimer brings together twenty-eight leading women writers to discuss how these stories helped shape their imaginations... Read more

My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me
Edited by Kate Bernheimer, Foreword by Gregory Maguire, Introduction by Kate Bernheimer
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | September 2010
$20.00/27.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-311784-1 (0-14-311784-X)

The fairy tale lives again in this book of forty new stories by some of the biggest names in contemporary fiction.

Neil Gaiman, “Orange”
Aimee Bender, “The Color Master”
Joyce Carol Oates, “Blue-bearded Lover”
Michael Cunningham, “The Wild Swans”
These and more than thirty other stories by Francine Prose, Kelly Link, Jim Shepard, Lydia Millet... Read more

xo Orpheus
Edited by Kate Bernheimer
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | September 2013
$18.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-312242-5 (0-14-312242-8)

Fifty leading writers retell myths from around the world in this dazzling follow-up to the bestselling My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me.

Icarus flies once more. Aztec jaguar gods again stalk the earth. An American soldier designs a new kind of Trojan horse—his cremains in a bullet... Read more