Marie Manilla
THE PATRON SAINT OF UGLY: A Novel (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014)

Marie Manilla is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her collection of short stories, Still Life with Plums, was published by West Virginia University Press. ForeWord Reviews nominated the collection for Book of the Year in the short story category. It was also nominated for the Weatherford Award, and six stories were nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Manilla’s work has appeared in The Chicago Tribune (as a Nelson Algren finalist), Prairie Schooner (where she received the Lawrence Foundation Award for best short story), Mississippi Review, Calyx Journal, Portland Review, The Long Story, and other journals. Her novel, Shrapnel, was chosen by Daniel Wallace as winner of the Fred Bonnie Award for best first novel sponsored by River City Publishing and was published in 2012.