Born and raised in the Boston area, Amor Towles graduated from Yale College and received an MA in English from Stanford University. His thesis at Stanford, a short story cycle called “The Temptations of Pleasure”, was published in 1989 in Paris Review No. 112. His most recent novel, The Lincoln Highway, debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller list, and was a Today Show Read with Jenna Book Club Pick, one of the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2021, a Washington Post Best Book of the Year, one of Barack Obama’s favorite books of 2021, was #1 on Amazon’s list of the Best Books of the Year, and was one of Bill Gates’ “5 great books for the summer.” Mr. Towles is the 2023 recipient of the Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award.
Mr. Towles’s first novel, Rules of Civility, which was published in 2011, was a New York Times bestseller and was named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the best books of 2011. The book has been translated into over 15 languages, its French translation receiving the 2012 Prix Fitzgerald. In the fall of 2012, the novel was optioned by Lionsgate to be made into a feature film.
Mr. Towles’s second novel, A Gentleman in Moscow, which was published in 2016, has been on the New York Times bestseller list for over 52 weeks in hardcover and was named one of the best books of 2016 by the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the San Francisco Chronicle, and NPR. The book has been translated into over thirty-five languages including Russian. The novel was optioned by Entertainment One, via Tom Harper’s company Popcorn Storm Pictures to be made into a 6-8 hour miniseries for Paramount+ and Showtime starring Ewan McGregor and Mary Elizabeth Winstead which will premiere in Spring 2024.
Mr. Towles is the author of the ebook You Have Arrived at Your Destination, part of Amazon's Forward collection. He also edited and wrote the introduction for The Mysterious Bookshop Presents the Best Mystery Stories of the Year 2023 (Mysterious Press/Penzler Publishers, September 19, 2023). His next book is a collection of short stories titled Table for Two (Viking, April 2, 2024). About it Mr. Towles said, “Most of the narratives deal with fateful interactions between strangers or family members…our lives can often change due to a conversation at a table for two."
Having worked as an investment professional for over twenty years, Mr. Towles now devotes himself full time to writing in Manhattan, where he lives with his wife and two children.
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