Karin Tanabe is the author of four novels—the historical fiction books The Diplomat’s Daughter and The Gilded Years as well as The List and The Price of Inheritance, all published by Simon & Schuster. The Gilded Years—about the first African-American graduate of Vassar College, who passed as white until her lie was exposed—will soon be adapted as a major motion picture entitled A White Lie. Expected for release in 2019, Zendaya will star as the book’s protagonist Anita Hemmings, and will also produce alongside Reese Witherspoon. Witherspoon’s production company Hello Sunshine was behind the book option. Sony/TriStar secured worldwide distribution rights to A White Lie in a competitive seven studio bidding war.
All four of Tanabe’s books have received extensive media coverage in outlets such as NPR, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Skimm, Time, Essence, Town & Country and People. Her next book, due for publication in 2019, is a psychological thriller set in 1930s Vietnam.
A former Politico reporter, Tanabe frequently contributes to national newspapers as a book reviewer and features writer. She holds a B.A. from Vassar College and lives in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. with her husband and two young children.