Michel Stone's debut novel The Iguana Tree, which Library Journal says "recalls the work of John Steinbeck," received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and an IPPY Award as one of the top novels published in 2012 by an independent press. The book was named a spring 2012 "Okra Pick" from the Southern Independent Booksellers Association and was also named a finalist for Foreword Reviews Book of the Year in the multicultural fiction category. This novel has been a popular choice of universities and colleges for "Freshman Read" or "Common Read" programs.  The Iguana Tree was the 2013 Community Read selection for Hermiston, Oregon. Stone has published numerous stories and essays, and she is a 2011 recipient of the South Carolina Fiction Award. She is a graduate of Clemson University with a Master's Degree from Converse College, and she is an alumna of the Sewanee Writers Conference. Raised on Johns Island on the South Carolina coast, Michel now lives in Spartanburg, S.C. Her second novel Border Child is forthcoming April 2017 from Nan A. Talese/Doubleday.



Click here to hear Michel Stone Commencement Address at Converse College



Upstate international selected The Iguana Tree for its Community Read 2015. Watch the interview conducted by Deryle Hope, Ed. D., Director, Center for International Studies, USC Upstate, conducted on the campus of Clemson University.



Watch the interview conducted by Rita Van Zandt at the Blue Ridge Book Festival, 2013.