John E. Nance Writer-in-Residence
Congratulations to Masha Hamilton! The author of five novels and the founder of two writing and reading projects in Afghanistan and Africa, Hamilton has been named the winner of the 2017 John E. Nance Writer-in-Residence Program.
Hamilton will reside for four weeks at the historic home of author, humorist and New Yorker cartoonist James Thurber and receive a $5,000 stipend. She will begin her residency Oct. 23.
Hamilton’s novels include The Camel Bookmobile, which, along with 31 Hours, have been optioned for films. Her other books are: Staircase of a Thousand Steps, The Distance Between Us, and What Changes Everything. She received the 2010 Women’s National Book Association Award for her work in the areas of literacy and books.
A former journalist for the Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times, Hamilton served as the director of communications and public diplomacy for the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan in 2012-13. While in Afghanistan, she founded the Afghan Women’s Writing Project and the Camel Book Drive. After leaving Afghanistan, she was vice president of communications for Concern Worldwide, an international nonprofit.
Hamilton is currently working on her sixth novel, The Glassblower.
The Nance Writer-In-Residence program was created in 2012 by Sally Crane Cox, who chairs the Nance Committee at Thurber House, to honor her late husband, John Nance, who was a critically acclaimed photojournalist, author and Associated Press Bureau Chief in Manila.
The Nance Residence program is a partnership between Thurber House and Ohio State University.
The program is an annual residency of four weeks housed in the two-bedroom apartment on the third floor of the family home of James Thurber, and is designed to provide a writer with the gift of time to develop a work in progress.
Thurber House Third Floor Apartment