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N. K. Jemisin was raised in Mobile, Alabama and New York City. Uprooted in two places, her childhood anchor was fiction; she spent hours at the local library, and “self published” her own handwritten books with cardboard covers and yarn binding.

Despite writing since childhood, she considered it to be just a hobby until her early thirties. After attending the Viable Paradise writing workshop, she began seeking publication in earnest. Although she acquired an agent in 2005, her first novel (THE KILLING MOON, eventually published in 2012) did not initially sell, as the genre at the time was significantly less welcoming to inclusive fantasy. Instead she rewrote from scratch an old “trunked” novel — which sold at six-figure auction to become THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS (2010) and its sequels.

In 2016, her novel THE FIFTH SEASON (2015) won the Hugo Award for Best Novel, making Jemisin the first Black person to have won in this category. In 2017 she won again for THE OBELISK GATE (2016), and then a third time in 2018 for THE STONE SKY, making her the first author in genre history to have won the Best Novel Hugo three consecutive times. In all, her short fiction and novels have won Hugos, a Nebula, and two Locus Awards, and have been translated into more than 20 languages.

Her current Great Cities trilogy is ongoing, beginning with the New York Times bestselling THE CITY WE BECAME. She is a 2020 recipient of the MacArthur ‘Genius’ Fellowship.

Jemisin’s most frequent themes include resistance to oppression, the inseverability of the liminal, and the coolness of Stuff Blowing Up. She has been an advocate for the long tradition of science fiction and fantasy as political resistance, and previously championed genre as a New York Times Book reviewer. She lives in Brooklyn.

Featured Titles:

The City We Became

Three-time Hugo Award-winning and bestselling author N.K. Jemisin crafts her most incredible novel yet, a "glorious" story of culture, identity, magic, and myths in contemporary New York City.

Year: 2020     Genre: Magical Realism

The Fifth Season

At the end of the world, a woman must hide her secret power and find her kidnapped daughter in this intricate and extraordinary Hugo Award winning novel of power, oppression, and revolution.

Year: 2015     Genre: Epic FantasyPost Apocalypse

The Inheritance Trilogy

Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle.

Year: 2014     Genre: Epic Fantasy

The Obelisk Gate

The season of endings grows darker, as civilization fades into the long cold night. Essun -- once Damaya, once Syenite, now avenger -- has found shelter, but not her daughter. Instead there is Alabaster Tenring, destroyer of the world, with a request. Far away, her daughter Nassun is growing in power -- and her choices will break the world.

Year: 2016     Genre: Epic FantasyPost Apocalypse

The Stone Sky

Humanity will finally be saved or destroyed in the shattering conclusion to the post-apocalyptic and highly acclaimed bestselling trilogy that won the Hugo Award three years in a row.The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women.

Year: 2017     Genre: Epic FantasyPost Apocalypse

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portrait of N.K. Jemisin by Laura Hanifin, 2015

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Want ItGot ItRead ItYearTitle

2014The Inheritance TrilogyEpic Fantasy
2015The Fifth SeasonEpic Fantasy, Post Apocalypse, Broken Earth
2016The Obelisk GateEpic Fantasy, Post Apocalypse, Broken Earth
2017The Stone SkyEpic Fantasy, Post Apocalypse, Broken Earth
2020The City We BecameMagical Realism, The Great Cities Trilogy, New York City




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