Jeff Talarigo is the author of three novels - "The Pearl Diver", "The Ginseng Hunter", and "In the Cemetery of the Orange Trees", as well as numerous short stories. Born and raised in southwestern Pennsylvania, he has received many honors, including the American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Award for his first novel “The Pearl Diver”; one of eleven novels on the 2009 Notable Books List by the American Library Association for his second novel “The Ginseng Hunter”; NPR’s 2008 “Under the Radar”; a 2005 Kiriyama Prize Notable Book; featured on NPR’s “Weekend Edition”; Hunter College's Distinguished Writers Series; Sophie Kerr Lecture Series at Washington College; and awarded a fellowship at the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers in 2006-07. His work has been published in five languages. He lived in Japan for fifteen years and twice lived in the Gaza Strip, the setting for his third novel “In the Cemetery of the Orange Trees”. Currently, he is working on a novel on human trafficking and on a book of photography/nature writing. An avid hiker and photographer (see link above), he lives in Oakland, California and teaches in Pennsylvania at Wilkes University’s Graduate Creative Writing Program.
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