Alexander Maksik

Fiction Writer

Makawao, HI
Hawaii US

Author's Bio

Alexander Maksik is the author of four novels: You Deserve Nothing, a New York Times and IndieBound bestseller; A Marker to Measure Drift, which was a New York Times Notable Book, as well as a finalist for the William Saroyan Prize and Le Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger; Shelter in Place, named one of the best books of the year by the Guardian and the San Francisco Chronicle and The Long Corner, a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, and named one of the best books of the year by Artnet and The Australian.

Maksik’s writing has appeared in many publications including Harper’sThe New Yorker, Tin HouseBest American Nonrequired Reading, The Sewanee ReviewHarvard ReviewNew York Times Book ReviewCondé Nast Traveler (where for several years he was a contributing editor) and The Atlantic, and has been translated into more than a dozen languages.

Drift, a film based on A Marker to Measure Drift, cowritten by Maksik and Susanne Farrell, directed by Anthony Chen, and starring Cynthia Erivo and Alia Shawkat, premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival.

Maksik is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize and the Andrew Lytle Prize, as well as fellowships from the Truman Capote Literary Trust and the Corporation of Yaddo.

Along with French novelist Colombe Schneck, he is the co-artistic director of the Can Cab Literary Residence in Catalonia, Spain.

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Publications & Prizes

Shelter in Place (Europa Editions, 2016)
A Marker to Measure Drift (Knopf, 2012)
You Deserve Nothing (Europa Editions, 2011)
Prizes won: 

Guggenheim Fellowship, Pushcart Prize, Andrew Lytle Prize

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Fluent in: 
English, French
Born in: 
Los Angeles, CA
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Last update: Jun 03, 2024