Adam Gopnik

29th annual Key West Literary Seminar

—The Hungry Muse: An Exploration of Food in Literature—

January 6 - 16, 2011

Adam Gopnik was born in Philadelphia in 1956 and grew up in Montreal, Quebec. As a writer at The New Yorker since 1986, Gopnik is known for his reportage on an enormous range of cultural topics and figures- from literature and television to sports and politics; from ballet to terror to theater to food and travel. While serving as the magazine’s art critic in 1990, Gopnik also co-curated the Museum of Modern Art’s influential show High/Low.

Gopnik is the author, most recently, of Angels and Ages: A Short Book about Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life. He is also the author of Paris to the Moon, a collection of his “Paris Journal” columns from The New YorkerThrough the Children’s Gate; and an adventure story for children,The King in the Window. He is the editor of the Library of America anthology Americans in Paris, and has written introductions to new editions of the works of Maupassant, Balzac, Proust, and Alain-Fournier. For his work at The New Yorker, Gopnik has earned three National Magazine Awards and a George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting.

Gopnik lives in New York with his wife, Martha Parker, and their two children. The Steps Across the Water, his sequel to The King in the Window, is forthcoming, as is a collection of food essays tentatively titledThe Table Comes First.

Online Resources:

Adam Gopnik on the Colbert Report
Interview w/ Robert Birnbaum
Archive of Gopnik’s pieces for The New Yorker
Review of ANGELS AND AGES in The New York Observer
“Eating the Fruits of the Five Boroughs” in the New Yorker
Article on cooking and cookbooks in The New Yorker
Interview in Edible Manhattan
“The Table Comes First” in The New Yorker

Selected Bibliography:

The Steps Across the Water (Hyperion 2010)

Angels and Ages: A Short Book about Darwin, Lincoln and Modern Life(Knopf 2009)

Through the Children’s Gate: A Home in New York (Knopf 2006)

The King in the Window (Disney-Hyperion 2005)

Americans in Paris: A Literary Anthology (Library of America 2004)

Paris to the Moon (Random House 2000)

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