Jennifer Vanderbes

Jennifer Vanderbes is an award-winning novelist, journalist and screenwriter whose work has been translated into sixteen languages. Her non-fiction book, WONDER DRUG: The Secret History of Thalidomide in America and Its Hidden Victims is forthcoming from Random House and HarperCollins UK.

PRIMATING, Vanderbes's romantic comedy about primatologists at a chimp research station in East Africa, premiered at the Arkansas Repertory Theater in 2021. She also writes regularly for film and television and she was named a 2022 Athena List Winner for a feature script she wrote for Paramount. Her screenwriting was also honored this year by the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and The Atlantic, and her short fiction has appeared in Granta, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Best New American Voices.

Her novels and non-fiction have received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the New York Public Library. She was named a 2019-2020 NEH Public Scholar for her work on WONDER DRUG.

Vanderbes received her B.A. in English Literature, Magna Cum Laude, from Yale and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She lives in New York City with her two daughters.