Leanne Shapton

Leanne Shapton, photo by Robbie Lawrence

Leanne Shapton is an author, artist, and publisher based in New York City. She is the cofounder, with photographer Jason Fulford, of J&L Books, an internationally distributed not-for-profit imprint specializing in art and photography books.

Shapton’s Swimming Studies, which deals with her youth as a national competitive swimmer, won the 2012 National Book Critic’s Circle Award for Autobiography, and was long listed for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year in 2012. She is coauthor of Women in Clothes, a New York Times bestseller.

She grew up in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, and currently lives in New York City.


selected bibliography

Guestbook: Ghost Storeis by Leanne Shapton
Guestbook: Ghost Stories (2019)
Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, Leanne Shapton
Women in Clothes (2014)
Swimming Studies by Leanne Shapton
Swimming Studies (2012)
Was She Pretty? by Leanne Shapton
Was She Pretty? (2006)

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online resources

Leanne Shapton’s website
“Ghost Story: An Interview with Shapton,” Columbia Journal, February 28, 2019
“Let It In: An Interview with Shapton,” Rookie, February 9, 2016
Studio Visit with Shapton, the Paris Review, February 16, 2012

Video: Shapton on her memoir, Swimming Studies