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Kim van Alkemade


Kim van Alkemade is the author of two historical fiction novels, Orphan #8 (William Morrow 2015) and Bachelor Girl (Touchstone 2018). Her creative non-fiction essays have appeared in literary journals including Alaska Quarterly Review, CutBank, and So To Speak. Born in New York, NY, she earned a BA in English and History from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and an MA and PhD in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is a Professor in the English Department at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches creative writing and composition. She spent eight years writing her debut novel, Orphan #8, which was inspired by her research into the Hebrew Orphan Asylum of Manhattan, the orphanage in which her grandfather and his brothers grew up, and where her great-grandmother worked as a domestic and later as a counselor. Her research for Orphan #8 led to her second novel, Bachelor Girl, about an unmarried actress in Jazz Age New York City who made headlines in 1939 after a surprise inheritance from the bachelor owner of the Yankees baseball team.

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