Michael Zadoorian

Fiction Writer

Ferndale, MI
Michigan US

Author's Bio

​Michael Zadoorian is the author of four novels, THE NARCISSISM OF SMALL DIFFERENCES (Akashic Books, 2020) BEAUTIFUL MUSIC (Akashic Books, 2018), THE LEISURE SEEKER (William Morrow, 2009) and SECOND HAND (W.W. Norton, 2000), and a story collection, THE LOST TIKI PALACES OF DETROIT (Wayne State University Press, 2009). A motion picture of THE LEISURE SEEKER starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland was released in 2018 by Sony Pictures Classics.  
His work has appeared in The Literary Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, American Short Fiction, Wisconsin Review, Witness, Great Lakes Review, North American Review, Huffington Post, Literary Hub, The Millions and the anthologies Bob Seger’s House, Looping Detroit, On The Clock, and Detroit Noir. His books have been translated into over twenty different languages.  He has worked as a copywriter, journalist, voiceover talent, shipping room clerk, and plant guard for Chrysler. A lifelong resident of the Detroit area, he lives with his wife in a 1937 bungalow filled with cats and objects that used to be in the houses of other people.

Literary agent: 
Jud Laghi Literary

Publications & Prizes

Beautiful Music (Akashic Books, 2018)
The Leisure Seeker (William Morrow, 2009)
The Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit (Wayne State University Press, 2009)
Second Hand (W. W. Norton & Company, 2000)
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Zadoorian is a recipient of a Kresge Artist Fellowship in the Literary Arts, the Columbia University Anahid Literary Award, the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association "Great Lakes Great Reads" Award, the Michigan Notable Book Award, the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award.  He was also selected for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Program and long-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

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Identifies as: 
Armenian American
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Born in: 
Detroit, MI
Raised in: 
Detroit, MI
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Last update: Jul 13, 2021