News and Events


Sigrid’s seventh novel, The Friend, will be published by Riverhead in February 2018.

About The Friend:
When a woman unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor, she finds herself burdened with the unwanted dog he has left behind. Her own battle against grief is intensified by the mute suffering of the dog, a huge Great Dane traumatized by the inexplicable disappearance of its master, and by the threat of eviction: dogs are prohibited in her apartment building. Elegiac and searching, The Friend is both a meditation on friendship, loss, and bereavement and a celebration of the wonder and transforming power of the human-canine bond.


Sigrid will be a Master Artist-in-Residence at the ATLANTIC CENTER FOR THE ARTS in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, during the session that runs from May 14 – June 3, 2017, when she will work with a small number of resident writers. Click here for further information and details about how to apply. The deadline for applications is December 4, 2016.


In Fall 2017, Sigrid will be a Visiting Writer at the VERMONT STUDIO CENTER in Johnson, VT. The dates are September 20 – 26. For more details about VSC click here.


March 2015

Sigrid has an essay, "The Most Important Thing," in a new anthology, SELFISH, SHALLOW, AND SELF-ABSORBED: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids, edited by Meghan Daum and published by Picador. For more information click here.

January 2015

Read a new interview with Sigrid by Nicole Melanson on WordMothers.

Sigrid is among contributors to a new anthology of literary essays, Table Talk: From the Threepenny Review, edited by Wendy Lesser, Jennifer Zahrt, and Mimi Chubb (Counterpoint).

Sigrid joins the faculty for the 2015 Kundiman Asian American Writing Retreat. Click here for information about the retreat and how to apply.

June 24 – 28, 2015
Application Period: December 15 – January 31



December 2014

Regarding Susan Sontag, a film by Nancy Kates, in which Sigrid is among people interviewed, will have its broadcast premiere on Monday, December 8, at 9p/8c on HBO. For information about the documentary, including a schedule of worldwide screenings, click here.

October 2014
Read a new interview with Sigrid for Biographile.

In anticipation of the October 7th release of the paperback edition of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag, Sigrid was a guest on American Public Media's THE DINNER PARTY.

For information about Sempre Susan, contact:
Glory Anne Plata, Publicist
Riverhead Books
212-366-2575 /

May 2014
Sigrid joins the faculty for the first annual Novel Retreat at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier, VT. Click here for information about the retreat, including how to register.

February 2014
Sigrid is among contributors to a new anthology,The Beatles Are Here!Edited by Penelope Rowlands and published by Algonquin Books, the anthology includes essays by writers, musicians, and others looking back to the band's first appearance in America, fifty years ago.




November 2013
Sigrid is among contributors to A Fork in the Road(Lonely Planet), a new anthology, edited by James Oseland, which includes tales of memorable culinary adventures experienced by each of 39 authors somewhere on the road.

September 2013
Sigrid has won a fourth Pushcart Prize for her story "Imagination," which was originally published in The Sun and is included in The Pushcart Prize XXXVIII: Best of the Small Presses 2014.

Summer 2013
Sigrid Nunez has been awarded aCivitella Ranieri Foundation Writing Fellowshipand will be a resident at the Foundation's castle in Umbria, Italy, for six weeks this coming summer.

March 2013
Sigrid's story "Worried Sisters" has won a Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award for work published inPrairie Schoonerin 2012.

A new interview with Sigrid has just been posted on two sites: Haunting LegacyandDeborah Kalb Books.

A new piece by Sigrid appears in the "Table Talk" section of the Spring Issue ofThe Threepenny Review.