David Stuart MacLean
The Answer to the Riddle is Me
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"MacLean has written a memoir that combines the evocative power of William Styron's "Darkness Visible," the lyric subtlety of Michael Ondaatje's "Running in the Family," and the narrative immediacy of a Hollywood action film. He reminds us how we are all always trying to find a version of ourselves that we can live with." - The Los Angeles Times 

"(MacLean) is an exceedingly entertaining psychotic." "Thanks to his raw, honest and beautiful memoir, readers will . . . have a clear idea what his experience was like. We can be grateful Mr. MacLean has remembered so much, and so well."  - The New York Times

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Short Bio: 

David Stuart Maclean is a Pen/American award-winning writer. His work has appeared in Ploughshares, The New York Times, and on the radio program This American Life. He has a PhD from the University of Houston and is a co-founder of the Poison Pen Reading Series. He lives in Chicago with his wife and their pets.


Longer Bio:

I am a writer living in Chicago. I grew up in Central Ohio and worked on an assembly line in an auto plant, as a baker, as an organic farmer, as a dishwasher, and as an outdoor educator. I have lived in North Carolina, New Mexico, Texas, and Hyderabad, India.

My work has appeared in Ploughshares, Guernica, Gulf Coast, Quarterly West, Better: Culture & Lit, The New York Times, and This American Life. I was named the 2011 Best Emerging Writer in Non-Fiction by the PEN American Center. I have a PhD from the University of Houston and an MFA from New Mexico State University. I was a Fulbright Scholar in India in 2002-2003 and I am a co-founder of the award-winning Poison Pen Reading Series in Houston, Texas. I've taught at the University of Chicago, Columbia College, and The School of the Art Institute in Chicago. My memoir, The Answer to the Riddle is Me, will be published January 14th, 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in the US and on June 5th, 2014 by Short Books in the UK.

I am represented by Eleanor Jackson of the Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literacy Agency.

My publicist in the States is Megan Wilson at megan.wilson@hmhco.com.

My publicist in the UK is Rosamund Hutchison at rosamund@prcollective.co.uk  

I have a dog. Her name is Sally.

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