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Kate Manning is the author of the critically-acclaimed novels My Notorious Life and Whitegirl. The New York Times called My Notorious Life “an action-packed, thought-provoking page-turner.” O Magazine called it “daring…astonishingly current.” NPR’s Kurt Anderson, host of Studio 360, said: “It’s a fantastic yarn…absolutely Dickensian.” And novelist Marisa Silver (Mary Coin) writes, “Axie Muldoon is as fierce and alive a character as I have read in recent fiction. My Notorious Life is an essential novel for our time.” A former documentary television producer and winner of two Emmy Awards, Kate has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, Time, Glamour, and The Guardian, among other publications. She was a co-founder in 2018 of The Proxy Project, a get-out-the-vote effort designed to increase youth voter turnout. She has taught creative writing at Bard High School Early College in Manhattan where she lives with her family and a dog named Moon, who walks her regularly.