Rivka Galchen Birth:
Rivka Galchen was born April 19, 1976 in Toronto, Canada.
Rivka Galchen Background and Writing:
Rivka Galchen was born in Toronto but grew up largely in Oklahoma, where her father was a professor of meteorology at the University of Oklahoma and her mother, a computer programmer at the National Severe Storms Laboratory.
Galchen attended Princeton for two years before transferring to the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, from which she received her M.D. in 2003 (with a specialty in psychiatry). She followed this medical degree with an MFA from Columbia.
Her writing, both fiction and nonfiction, has been published in The New Yorker
, the New York Times
, and elsewhere. She blends science and literature in her debut novel, Atmospheric Disturbances
(2008), a story about a psychiatrist who finds his wife has been replaced by a doppelganger and one of his patients who believes he is receiving messages in code from the Royal Academy of Meteorology. Atmospheric Disturbances
became a finalist for the Mercantile Library's John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize, the Canadian Writers' Trust's 2008 Fiction Prize, and Canada's Governor General's Award.
Galchen lives with her husband in New York, where she teaches writing at Columbia and is a Contributing Editor at Harper's. In 2010, she was selected as one of The New Yorker's "20 Under 40" writers to watch.
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