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Karen Havelin

Columbia MFA graduate Karen Havelin is a writer and translator originally from Bergen, Norway. She has spent several years living in New York City and has embraced English as her literary language. Her debut novel Please Read This Leaflet Carefully has been nominated for Not the Booker Prize 2019, it is inspired by her own personal experience and was her graduate thesis from the MFA Fiction program at Columbia University in New York, where she was mentored by Man Booker Prize winner Paul Beatty. She currently lives in Oslo.