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Victor LaValle

(1972 - )

Victor LaValle, born February 3, 1972, was raised in Flushing and Rosedale, Queens. He graduated from Cornell University with a degree in English and received his M.F.A. in Fiction from Columbia University. He has been a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He lives in Brooklyn and teaches writing at Columbia University.

Victor LaValle is the author of the short story collection 'Slapboxing with Jesus' and two novels, 'The Ecstatic' and 'Big Machine'.

He has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Whiting Writers' Award, a United States Artists Ford Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the key to Southeast Queens.

He can be kind of hard to reach.
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book nominee (2003) : The Ecstatic
Nebula Awards Best Novella nominee (2017) : The Ballad of Black Tom

Victor LaValle recommends
The View from Stalin's Head
The View from Stalin's Head (2004)
Aaron Hamburger
"The View from Stalin's Head is just a wonderful collection. One of the loveliest surprises is that things actually happen—there are plots in here! Funny, satisfying and genuinly engrossing, Aaron Hamburger knows how to tell a great story. This book will be good to you."

Fires (2007)
Nick Antosca
"Fires is a novel full of creeping menace and near-apocalyptic lunacy... the book is a blast to read."

Long Division (2013)
Kiese Laymon
"Smart, exciting and energetic."

Midnight Taxi Tango (2016)
(Bone Street Rumba, book 2)
Daniel José Older
"Daniel Jose Older is here to save your soul. But he might just terrorize it first...a fabulous talent."

The Night Ocean (2017)
Paul La Farge
"A sly, witty, but still loving send-up of H.P. Lovecraft and some of the grand anxieties of the American 20th century."

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