Born in Austin, Texas, Katherine Arden spent a year of high school in Rennes, France. Following her acceptance to Middlebury College in Vermont, she deferred enrollment for a year in order to live and study in Moscow. At Middlebury, she specialized in French and Russian literature. After receiving her BA, she moved to Maui, Hawaii, working every kind of odd job imaginable, from grant writing and making crï¿½pes to guiding horse trips. Currently she lives in Vermont, but really, you never know.
"Arden's debut novel has the cadence of a beautiful fairy tale but is darker and more lyrical."--The Washington Post "Vasya [is] a clever, stalwart girl determined to forge her own path in a time when women had few choices."--The Christian Science Monitor "Stunning . . . will enchant readers from the first page. . . . with an irresistible heroine who wants only to be free of the bonds placed on her gender and claim her own fate."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Utterly bewitching . . . a lush narrative . . . an immersive, earthy story of folk magic, faith, and hubris, peopled with vivid, dynamic characters, particularly clever, brave Vasya, who outsmarts men and demons alike to save her family."--Booklist (starred review) "Arden's supple, sumptuous first novel transports the reader to a version of medieval Russia where history and myth coexist."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Radiant . . . a darkly magical fairy tale for adults, [but] not just for those who love magic."--Library Journal "An extraordinary retelling of a very old tale . . . A Russian setting adds unfamiliar spice to the story of a young woman who does not rebel against the limits of her role in her culture so much as transcend them. The Bear and the Nightingale is a wonderfully layered novel of family and the harsh wonders of deep winter magic."--Robin Hobb "A beautiful deep-winter story, full of magic and monsters and the sharp edges of growing up."--Naomi Novik "Haunting and lyrical, The Bear and the Nightingale tugs at the heart and quickens the pulse. I can't wait for Katherine Arden's next book."--Terry Brooks "The Bear and the Nightingale is a marvelous trip into an ancient Russia where magic is a part of everyday life."--Todd McCaffrey "Enthralling and enchanting--I couldn't put it down. This is a wondrous book!"--Tamora Pierce