Thomas Beller used to stay up late. Now he wakes up early.

Books he has written and edited: here. Books he owns: here.

His most recent book, J.D. Salinger: The Escape Artist,
won The New York City Book award for Biography/Memoir.

He is a regular contributor to the New Yorker's Culture Desk blog.

He co-founded and was for twenty years (1990-2010) co-editor of Open City Magazine and Books, and founded (in 2000) and continues to publish Mr. Beller's Neighborhood.

His academic education occurred at The St. Ann's School, Vassar College (BA), and Columbia University (MFA). Beyond that, he has held several diverse jobs, including chief of inventory at H&H Bagels..

He likes to play basketball and sometimes writes about it.

Short stories, essays, and reportage:

The New Yorker, The New York Times, Vogue, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, New York, The Village Voice, The New York Press, Spin, Ploughshares, The New York Observer, The Southwest Review (where his story "Great Jews in Sports" won the McGinnis-Richie Award for fiction), The St. Ann's Review, The Seattle Review, Slate, Guernica, and Salon as well as numerous literary anthologies and textbooks used at the grade school, high school, and university level.

He is an Associate Professor at Tulane University.


Some recent readings and appearances:

Two in Washington D.C., Spring 2015: The Amram Scholar Series at The Washington Hebrew Congregation.
Reading at George Washington University's Jewish Lit Live series.

Friday August 8th: Reading and discussing the book at the Southampton Cultural Center.

Saturday, August 9th: Book signing at the East Hampton Library's 'Author's Night.'

Brooklyn, Monday, June 23rd, 7:00PM.:
Bookcourt. With Jonathan Ames and Phillip Lopate. Seattle, Thursday, June 19th, 7:00PM:
Elliott Bay Books
In conversation with Dorothy Lobrano Guth, daughter of Gustave Lobrano, Salinger's most important editor for nearly 20 years.

San Francisco, Monday June 16th, 7:30PM: The Booksmith

Reading and discussion with Edmund White and Patricia Bosworth: June 5th at the 92nd St Y, New York.

Reading: May 23rd at Octavia Books, New Orleans. 6:00PM.