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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Adam Levin  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Other

Audience: Adult;


-- Adam Levin on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Levin lives and works in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Adam Levin serves as a writing instructor at Columbia College and as an adjunct assistant professor of writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He won the Tin House/Summer Literary Seminars Fiction Contest in 2003 and the Joyce Carol Oates Fiction Prize in 2004.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Instructions
ISBN: 1934781827

McSweeney's. 2010

Beginning with a chance encounter with the beautiful Eliza June Watermark and ending, four days and 900 pages later, with the Events of November 17, this is the story of Gurion Maccabee, age ten: a lover, a fighter, a scholar, and a truly spectacular talker. Expelled from three Jewish day-schools for acts of violence and messianic tendencies, Gurion ends up in the Cage, a special lockdown program for the most hopeless cases of Aptakisic Junior High. Separated from his scholarly followers, Gurion becomes a leader of a very different sort, with righteous aims building to a revolution of troubling intensity.

The Instructions is an absolutely singular work of fiction by an important new talent. Combining the crackling voice of Philip Roth with the encyclopedic mind of David Foster Wallace, Adam Levin has shaped a world driven equally by moral fervor and slapstick comedy—a novel that is muscular and exuberant, troubling and empathetic, monumental, breakneck, romantic, and unforgettable.

Hot Pink
ISBN: 1936365219

McSweeney's. 2012

Adam Levin’s debut novel The Instructions was one of the most buzzed-about books of 2010, a sprawling universe of “death-defying sentences, manic wit, exciting provocations and simple human warmth” (Rolling Stone).

Now, in the stories of Hot Pink, Levin delivers ten smaller worlds, shaken snow-globes of overweight romantics, legless prodigies, quixotic dollmakers, Chicagoland thugs, dirty old men, protective fathers, balloon-laden dumptrucks, and walls that ooze gels. Told with lust and affection, karate and tenderness, slapstickery, ferocity, and heart, Hot Pink is the work of a major talent in his sharpest form.

*Hot Pink comes in three resplendent colors (pink, gray and blue).


  • New York Library's 2011 Young Lions Fiction Award, ''The Instructions''
  • Joyce Carol Oates Fiction Prize in 2004

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