Myla Goldberg

On this date in 1971 author Myla Goldberg was born. Goldberg grew up in Laurel, Md., and graduated from Oberlin College in 1993. Her first book, Bee Season, which is a coming-of-age story about a girl who wins a spelling bee, was published in 2000 and received many honors along with being on the New York Times Notable Book List of 2000. Her other books include Wickett’s Remedy (2006), which chronicles the story of a woman during the 1918 flu pandemic, and most recently The False Friend (2010), about a woman returning to her hometown to confront her past. She has also written Time's Magpie: A Walk in Prague (2004), a compilation of her essays on Prague, and Catching the Moon (2007), a children's book, along with many other published short stories and writings.

Goldberg also has a passion for music. She sings and plays banjo and accordion in a band called The Walking Hellos. Their first CD, of the same name, was released in 2006. Goldberg is married to Jason Little and has two daughters. She lives in New York with her family where she writes, plays music, and teaches.

“I’m a total atheist, and for me it’s just about trying to find something that rises above the banal day-to-day bullshit of living.”

—Myla Goldberg from New York Magazine article by Boris Kachka, In Print: Bee's Buzz. Aug. 7, 2001, Pg. 102.

Compiled by Sarah Eucalano

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