Deesha Philyaw, author of The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, is a Kimbilio Fiction Fellow and a past Pushcart Prize nominee. Her writing on race, parenting, gender, and culture has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, Brevity, Apogee Journal, Barrelhouse, Baltimore Review, Cheat River Review, Electric Literature, Harvard Review, and elsewhere. The Secret Lives of Church Ladies was a Finalist for the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction. 

Published Works

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies


NBF Presents: The Work of Fiction

Three 2020 honorees for the National Book Award for Fiction Rumaan Alam (Leave the World Behind, Finalist), Megha Majumdar (A Burning, Longlist), and Deesha Philyaw (The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, Finalist) discuss their books and fiction’s place in contemporary American culture, with Randy Winston.

March 13, 2021 | 7PM – 8PM

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