Raised in Los Angeles, writer Louise Stern is the fourth generation born deaf in her family. She is the founder and publisher of Maurice Magazine, which is aimed at children who love art. An artist herself, Stern’s inspired creativity can now be seen gleaming from her literary work – Chattering (2010) is a collection of tales about sociable and adventurous young girls, distinct from their peers only because they are deaf. Stern also works for renowned British artist Sam Taylor-Wood, and with one foot in art and the other in literature, Stern currently lives in London, her home of five years. You can read more about her in an article by Carrie Braman.
Stern’s novel Chattering was in the running for our inaugural Readers’ First Book Award in 2010. Each year, every one of the debut novels, novellas and short story collections appearing in our adult programme is entered into our Readers’ First Book Award, and the winner is chosen by the public. Details are announced when the programme is launched in June.