Kate Manning

Kate Manning is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Whitegirl. A former documentary television producer and winner of two Emmy Awards, she has written for the New York Times, Glamour, and More magazine, among other publications. She has taught writing in the English Department at Bard High School Early College and lives with her family in New York City.

Books by this Author

My Notorious Life


My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Try to use good words, like 'slubberdegullion' whenever possible.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. You have to ask? You don't know? Don't you see that right away?

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Always changing. Currently: "Dog Days Are Over," Florence and the Machine, "C'mon Billy," P.J. Harvey, "Back to Black," Amy Winehouse, "I Got You (I Feel Good)," James Brown, and "The Water is Wide," and old English song known as "Waly Waly," that dates to the 1600s. Anything in a minor key.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. I admire ordinary people who every day handle extraordinary burdens with bravery, without getting any credit or recognition. For example: my student who was born addicted to crack. Her foster mother who raised her till college. So many are heroic, and their stories are everywhere.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. The good guys, of course, not the bad guys.