Born and raised in upstate New York, Jon Clinch has been an English teacher, a metalworker, a folksinger, an illustrator, a typeface designer, a copywriter, and an advertising executive. Teaching and advertising took him from rural New York State to the suburbs of Philadelphia, and with the publication of his first novel, FINN, he was able to return to the surroundings he’d loved from the start: This time, in the Green Mountains of Vermont.
In 2008 he organized writers (including Tom Perrotta, Arthur Phillips, David Gates, and Stewart O’Nan) to help the financially-troubled Mark Twain House in Hartford, CT. The benefit event was covered by the NEW YORK TIMES, the WALL STREET JOURNAL, and CBS SUNDAY MORNING, and wiped out the House’s considerable operating debt.
Publications and Prizes
Kings of the Earth (Random House, 2010), Finn (Random House, 2007)
Finn is an ALA Notable Book, and was named one of 2007's top novels by the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Christian Science Monitor and Book Sense. It was also shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle's first-ever Best Recommended List and the Sargent First Novel Prize.
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Listing last updated: November 5, 2012