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Michael Upchurch

Author's Bio

Michael Upchurch is a novelist, arts writer and literary journalist whose published books include “Jamboree” (Knopf, 1981), “Air” (Available Press/Ballantine, 1986), “The Flame Forest” (Available Press/Ballantine, 1989) and “Passive Intruder” (Norton, 1995). His essay, “Stead Made Me Do It: ‘House of All Nations’ by Christina Stead,” appeared in “Rereadings: Seventeen Writers Revisit Books They Love,” edited by Anne Fadiman (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005). His book reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, American Scholar and other publications. From 1998 to 2008 he was the staff book critic for The Seattle Times, and from 2008 to 2014 he was a general arts writer for The Seattle Times. In 2014, he resigned from The Seattle Times to concentrate again on fiction and literary journalism.

Publications and Prizes

Passive Intruder (W. W. Norton & Company, 1995), The Flame Forest (Available Press/Ballantine, 1989), Air (Available Press/Ballantine, 1986), Jamboree (Knopf, 1981)
Rereadings (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005)
American Scholar, Carolina Quarterly, Christopher Street, Conjunctions, Glimmer Train, Golden Handcuffs Review, Seattle Review

Michael Upchurch Resume

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Deep South by Paul Theroux, The Art of Rivalry by Sebastian Smee, Looking for Betty MacDonald by Paula Becker, Substitute by Nicholson Baker, Known and Strange Things by Teju Cole
Favorite Books:
"Geek Love" by Katherine Dunn; "The Mezzanine" and "The Fermata" by Nicholson Baker; "Texaco" by Patrick Chamoiseau; "Any Human Heart" by William Boyd; "The Stranger's Child" by Alan Hollinghurst; "The Farewell Symphony" by Edmund White; "Martin Dressler" by Steven Millhauser; "House of All Nations" and "Dark Places of the Heart" by Christina Stead; "The Works of Love" and "The Deep Sleep" by Wright Morris; "The Solid Mandala" by Patrick White; "The General in His Labyrinth" and "Strange Pilgrims" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez; "A Lost Lady" and "O Pioneers" by Willa Cather; "Crash" and "Empire of the Sun" by J.G. Ballard; "Strong Motion" and "Purity" by Jonathan Franzen; "Party Going" and "Back" by Henry Green; "Property" and "The Confessions of Edward Day" by Valerie Martin; "At Freddie's" and "Human Voices" by Penelope Fitzgerald; "The Black Prince" and "A Word Child" by Iris Murdoch; "Master Georgie" and "An Awfully Big Adventure" by Beryl Bainbridge; "Search Sweet Country" by Kojo Laing; "The Golden Apples" by Eudora Welty; "Bullet Park" by John Cheever; "Gospel Hour" by T.R. Pearson; "Little Follies" by Eric Kraft; "Jacob's Room," "Flush" and "To the Lighthouse" by Virginia Woolf; "Washington Square," "Portrait of a Lady," "In the Cage," "What Maisie Knew" and "The Reverberator" by Henry James; "Parade's End" by Ford Madox Ford; "The Famished Road" by Ben Okri; "Darkness Visible" and "To the Ends of the Earth: A Sea Trilogy" by William Golding; "0pen Secrets" and "The View from Castle Rock" by Alice Munro; "Europa" and "Destiny" by Tim Parks; "Homesickness" and "Eucalyptus" by Murray Bail; "The Good Son" and "Tornado Alley" by Craig Nova; "The Puttermesser Papers" and "Heir to the Glimmering World" by Cynthia Ozick; "The Great Gatsby" and "Tender Is the Night" by F. Scott Fitzgerald; "High Cotton" by Darryl Pinckney; "The Tin Drum" by Gunter Grass; "Auto-da-Fe" by Elias Canetti; "History: A Novel" by Elsa Morante; and clearly I could go on and on and on....
Favorite Authors:
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Rahway, NJ
Raised in:
London; The Hague; Brockenhurst, UK; Basking Ridge, NJ

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