William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English
Specialty: Fiction Writing
Degrees: BA, Fordham University; MFA, Columbia University
Valerie Sayers is the author of six novels, including her most recent, The Powers, which explores baseball, pacifism, and 1941 New York in parallel narratives of prose and photography. Her novels Who Do You Love and Brain Fever were named New York Times “Notable Books of the Year,” and a film, "Due East," was based on her novels Due East and How I Got Him Back. All six of her novels have been reprinted in uniform paperback editions from Northwestern University Press. Sayers’s stories, essays, and reviews have appeared widely, in such publications as the New York Times, Washington Post, Commonweal, Zoetrope, Ploughshares, Image, Witness, and Prairie Schooner, and have been cited in Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays. Her literary prizes include a National Endowment for the Arts literature fellowship and two Pushcart Prizes for fiction. She has been honored with the Kaneb, Sheedy, and Joyce Awards for Excellence in Teaching.
- The Powers. Northwestern University Press, 2013. Reprint, Northwestern, 2015.
- Brain Fever. Doubleday, 1996. Reprint, Northwestern University Press, 2014.
- The Distance Between Us. Doubleday, 1994. Reprint, Northwestern University Press, 2014.
- Who Do You Love. Doubleday, 1991. Reprint, Northwestern University Press, 2014.
- How I Got Him Back, or, Under the Cold Moon’s Shine. Doubleday, 1989. Reprint, Northwestern University Press, 2014.
- Due East. Garden City, Doubleday, 1987. Reprint, Northwestern University Press, 2014.
Department of English
Notre Dame, IN 46556