Tania James was raised in Louisville, Kentucky and lives with her husband and son in Washington DC.
Knopf published her debut novel, Atlas of Unknowns, in 2009. It was a New York Times Editor’s Choice, an Indie Next Notable, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and a Best Book of 2009 for The San Francisco Chronicle and NPR. Her story collection, Aerogrammes, also published by Knopf, was a Best Book of 2012 for Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal and The San Francisco Chronicle. Her stories have appeared in Boston Review, Granta, Kenyon Review, One Story and A Public Space. Two stories from Aerogrammes were finalists for Best American Short Stories 2008 and 2013.
Tania is the recipient of fellowships from the Ragdale Foundation and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. From 2011-2012, she was a Fulbright fellow to India, living in New Delhi.