Jane Smiley is a novelist and essayist. Her novel <em>A Thousand Acres</em> won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1992, and her novel <em>The All True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton</em> won the 1999 Spur Award for Best Novel of the West. Her novel <em>Horse Heaven</em> was short-listed for the Orange Prize in 2002. She has contributed to a wide range of magazines, including <em>The New Yorker</em>, <em>Elle</em>, <em>Outside</em>, <em>The New York Times Magazine</em>, <em>Harper's</em>, <em>The American Prospect</em>, <em>Practical Horseman</em>, <em>The Guardian Sport Monthly</em>, <em>Real Simple</em>, and <em>Playboy</em>. Smiley's latest book is <em>Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel</em>, a history and anatomy of the novel as a literary form (Knopf).<br />
She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.