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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Michelle Falkoff  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Falkoff lives in Chicago and serves as the Director of Communication and Legal Reasoning program at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. She also teaches fiction at the University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Michelle Falkoff is a law professor and young adult author. She joined Northwestern’s Communication and Legal Reasoning Faculty as Director and Associate Professor of Law in 2013. She received her law degree from Columbia Law School and practiced intellectual property litigation in Silicon Valley for several years before going back to school to receive her Master of Fine Arts in Fiction Writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her fiction and reviews have been published in ZYZZYVA, DoubleTake, and the Harvard Review, among other places.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Playlist for the dead /
ISBN: 006231050X. OCLC Number:

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After his best friend, Hayden, commits, suicide, fifteen-year-old Sam is determined to find out why--using the clues in the playlist Hayden left for him.

Pushing perfect /
ISBN: 0062310534. OCLC Number:

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Although she seems to have the perfect life, Kara is caught up with a group whose secrets threaten to ruin her perfectly planned future.

Questions I want to ask you /
ISBN: 0062680234. OCLC Number:

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Pack receives a letter on his eighteenth birthday from the mother he believed was long dead, and begins a journey to find her even as he struggles to figure out his future.


Playlist for the Dead

  • Great Read List, NPR, 2015
  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2017

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

    Falkoff is available to speak at events and book clubs. If you are interested in contacting her about speaking, complete the online form at //