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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Adam Levin  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Levin lived in Chicago and was a writing instructor at Columbia College and as an adjunct assistant professor of writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Adam Levin won the Tin House/Summer Literary Seminars Fiction Contest in 2003 and the Joyce Carol Oates Fiction Prize in 2004. He has been a New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award winner, a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and a National Jewish Book Award finalist. A long-time Chicagoan, Levin currently lives in Gainesville, Florida.


Bubble Gum

Most Anticipated Book of 2020, The Boston Globe

Most Anticipated Book of 2020, The Chicago Tribune

Starred Review, Booklist

The Instructions

Young Lions Fiction Award, New York Public Library

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Bubblegum :
ISBN: 0385544960. OCLC Number: 1083180693

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"Set in an alternate present-day world in which the Internet does not exist, and has never existed. Rather, a wholly different species of interactive technology--a 'flesh-and-bone robot' called the Curio--has dominated both the market and the cultural imagination since the late 1980s. Belt Magnet, who as a boy in greater Chicago became one of the lucky first adopters of a Curio, is now writing his memoir, and through it we follow a singular man out of sync with the harsh realities of a world he feels alien to, but must find a way to live in."--

Hot pink
ISBN: 1938073134. OCLC Number: 827949828

Mcsweeney's,. .

In the stories of Hot Pink, Adam Levin delivers ten small worlds, shaken snow-globes of overweight romantics, legless prodigies, quixotic dollmakers, textbook lovers, dirty old men, protective fathers, experimental dogs, and a dumptruck covered with balloons. Told with Levin's unique blend of love and violence, slapstick humor and tender courtship, abstrace semiotics and karate chops, Hot Pink is the work of a major talent in his sharpest form.

The instructions /
ISBN: 1934781827. OCLC Number: 630478370

McSweeneys Rectangulars,. .

Levin creates a world driven equally by moral fervor and slapstick comedy. Expelled from multiple Jewish day-schools for acts of violence and backtalk, 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 with righteous aims building to a revolution of troubling intensity.