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Megan Abbott

Megan Abbott is the Edgar award-winning author of six novels: Die a Little, The Song Is You, Queenpin, Bury Me Deep, The End of Everything (one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Books of 2011), and Dare Me, which was chosen as one of the Best Books of 2012 by Amazon and Entertainment Weekly. A tale of crime and dark ambition set on a high-school cheerleading squad, Dare Me is currently in development for a feature film, with a screenplay by Abbott. Her novels have been praised by writers including Tom Perrotta, Laura Lippman, Kate Atkinson, and Nick Hornby.

Abbott’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, Salon, Los Angeles Review of Books, New Statesman, Los Angeles Times Magazine, and the Believer. She is the author of The Street Was Mine: White Masculinity in Hardboiled Fiction and Film Noir and editor of A Hell of a Woman: An Anthology of Female Noir, a female crime fiction anthology.. She has been nominated for many awards, including three Edgar Awards, the Steel Dagger Prize, Hammett Prize, the Macavity, Anthony, and Barry Awards, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the Pushcart Prize.

Born in the Detroit area, Abbott first discovered crime fiction through a love of gangster movies, and believes her future career path was set in the moment when, at age six, she watched Jimmy Cagney pushing a grapefruit in Mae Clarke’s face in Public Enemy.

Eventually, Abbott graduated from the University of Michigan and received her Ph.D. in English and American literature from New York University where she specialized in hardboiled fiction and film noir. She has taught at NYU, the State University of New York, the New School University, and the Crime Fiction Academy at New York City’s Center for Fiction.

Currently, Abbott is the 2013-2014 John Grisham Writer-in Residence at Ole Miss. Her upcoming novel, The Fever, about a mysterious outbreak among young women in a small town, will come out in June 2014.

Online Resources

on Twitter @meganeabbott
on Facebook
NYTimes review of ‘Dare Me’
Abbott on the cheerleader icon that inspired ‘Dare Me

Selected Bibliography

Dare Me (2012)
The End of Everything (2011)
Bury Me Deep (2009)
Queenpin (2007)
The Song is You (2007)
Die A Little (2005)