News and Events


February 2018

Read a new interview with Sigrid on LitHub.

February 6, 2018

Today is the release date of The Friend.

Read Dwight Garner’s review in The New York Times.

Read new interviews with Sigrid in The Rumpus,Shelf Awareness, and Kirkus.

The Friend has been named a Best Book of February by TimeOut, Harper’s Bazaar, Shondaland, The Millions, Bustle, Fast Company, Vulture, Garden and Gun, and BookRiot.

January 2018

The Friendmakes BuzzFeed’s 33 Most Exciting Books of 2018.

The Millions names The Friend among its Most Anticipated Titles in its preview of Great Reads of 2018.

The New York Times lists The Friend on its calendar of literary events not to be missed in 2018.

The Friend has also been named a Most Anticipated Title of 2018 by Book Riot, The Huffington Post, The Rumpus, Electric Literature, Chicago Reader, and The Hippo: New Hampshire’s Weekly



December 2017

Sigrid’s novel The Friend has been named by Book Riot as a 2018 must-read and praised in a review in Publishers Weekly: “Rivetting … This elegant novel explores both rich memories and day-to-day mundanity, reflecting the way that, especially in grief, the past is often more vibrant than the present.”

Publishers Weekly also published a profile of Sigrid by Wendy Smith in its issue of November 20th.

October 2017
The Friend, Sigrid’s forthcoming novel, has received a starred review from Kirkus. “Quietly brilliant and darkly funny,” the reviewer writes. “Breathtaking both in pain and in beauty; a singular book.”

Read the full review.

Read Sigrid’s review of new books by Eileen Myles and Nicole J. Georges in The New York Times Book Review.

September 2017
An excerpt from Sigrid’s forthcoming novel The Friend appears in the Fall issue of The Paris Review.

Sigrid will take part in a reading event also featuring Min Jin Lee and moderated by Harold Augenbraum at the 2018 AWP CONFERENCE AND BOOKFAIR on Saturday, March 10th at 1:30 PM. The program will feature a 20-minute reading by each author, and a 30-minute moderated conversation, followed by a book signing, and will take place at the Tampa Convention Center. AWP and Kundiman will host the event. Further details available in October.

April 2017
“Innocent Mistakes,” a new story by Sigrid, has just been published in the Spring 2017 issue of The Arkansas International.

March 2017
Read Sigrid’s conversation with Andrew Lipstein at Os&1s Reads.

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.