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Vendela Vida looks to her mother, and fellow author, Joan Didion, for inspiration.

Vendela's Biography

Ideal Interview Subject: Sofia Coppola and Vera Farmiga
Source of Strength: "My mother and just watching her do everything that she does."
Three Words to Describe Herself: Determined, silly and thoughtful
Most Recent Project: "I'm starting a book about my mom's upbringing in Sweden."

Vendela Vida is an American writer, columnist, journalist and editor. She is the author of And Now You Can Go, and Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name, both named by the New York Times as Notable Books of the Year. Her most recent book, The Lovers, was published in 2010 by Ecco. She is a founding co-editor of The Believer, and the editor of The Believer Book of Writers Talking to Writers. Vida collaborated on the screenplay of the 2009 fim, Away We Go, with husband, and fellow author, Dave Eggers. She is the co-founder and board member of 826 Velencia, a nonprofit organization that teaches creative writing to children and teenagers.

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