Two Chances to See Two Shepards This Week

I’ll be at the Point Street Reading Series in Providence, RI tomorrow night, 10/17, at 7:30.

And Jim and I will be at McNally Jackson Bookstore in NYC on Thursday 10/19 at 7:00.

Bookriot’s “14 Upcoming Short Story Collections to Watch For”

Make It Quick: 14 Upcoming Short Story Collections to Watch For

Reviews for Kiss Me Someone

Full New York Times Review

“In this captivating collection of stories, Karen Shepard turns her ever-insightful eye on women, and in her gaze is both love and a startling clarity. Readers of all kinds will find much to relish in this voice–from its storytelling surprises to the sharp observations it extends, over and over, to us on the other side of the page.”
Aimee Bender

“There is such a wondrous variety in these highly accomplished stories. They are rich with invention, with acute (sometimes alarming) awareness, dazzling insight, and pure, word virtuosity.”
Richard Ford

“Women bear the dark consequences of infidelity, lies, and other betrayals.”
Kirkus (Read more here)

“This concise, disturbing collection by Shepard (The Celestials) covers several decades of the author’s work, often focusing on troubling experiences of women in the northeastern United States.”
Publisher’s Weekly (Read more here)

“At first glance, the women of Karen Shepard’s Kiss Me Someone seem linked by a sisterhood of the execrable.”
The Arkansas International (Read more here)

BuzzFeed’s list of “28 Exciting Books You Need to Read This Fall,” (Read more here)

Book Riot‘s Make it Quick:14 Upcoming Short Story Collections to Watch For (Read more here)

“These stories, and the characters that inhabit them, are so vivid, they will surely stay with readers for a good long while,”
-Booklist (Read more here)

“Shepard’s unapologetically flawed characters make this collection an honest portrayal of womanhood,”
-Ms. Magazine (Read more here)

“Shepard’s writing is breathtaking in its ability to capture minor but revelatory personal insights. With her crisp prose and sharp observations, she views characters with devastating and unflinching clarity.”
– Shelf Awareness for Readers (Read more here)

“When I closed this brash and unapologetic collection, I re-opened it to start again from the beginning.”
– Read It Forward

Kiss Me Someone cries the inimitable Karen Shepard.”
-Vanity Fair (Read more here)

“She is unflinching in her depictions of self-destructive choices and betrayal as well as friendship and love.”
-O Magazine (Read more here)

The Shepards 2017

Countdown to pub day for both of these books.  Coming September 12: Jim’s first book of essays and my first book of stories, both ushered into the world by the extraordinary Tin House Books.  The tour so far is up on my website (  Additions as they come.  We hope to see you anywhere and everywhere.



Elizabeth Kolbert Endorses Karen Shepard for Planning Board

Pretty cool when a Pulitzer Prize-winning author endorses your campaign.  Who knew local politics could be so fun?!

Here is her letter:

Dear Residents of Williamstown:

I am writing to urge Williamstown residents to vote for Karen Shepard for Planning Board.

Karen, who teaches at Williams and has lived in the town for nearly thirty years, has a progressive and democratic vision for Williamstown that includes both economic development and open-space protection. She understands the two are not opposed; they are intimately connected. She will promote affordable, mixed-income, and multi-family housing, all of which the Town desperately needs.

Karen is the sort of person who gets things done. She’s a good listener and has a great sense of humor. It’s time for a change on the Planning Board, and Karen is exactly the right person to provide it.


Elizabeth Kolbert

Jim is not the only Shepard

The Romantic Comedy with Aidan Shepard on drums at SXSW.

Jim in Manchester, VT

Jim at the Northshire Bookstore on Friday September 25th at 6:00.  Karen and Lucy Shepard will be at this one!

Jim Shepard at the Anne Frank Center

After a brief summer respite, Jim Shepard is back on the road.  Next up:

Totally Cool Reading Series

This is where the Shepard family will be on August 5.  Ask yourself what excuse you have not to be there.  That’s right; you don’t have one.

Berkshire Festival of Women Writers

Thrilled to be the Festival’s March Book Club pick.  I get to read and talk about The Celestials at The Mount alongside the ghost of Edith Wharton.

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