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Adam Levin

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: 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.

Biography: 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

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

Bubblegum :
ISBN: 0385544960 OCLC: 1083180693

"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: 827949828

Mcsweeney's, New York : 2013.

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: 630478370

McSweeneys Rectangulars, San Francisco : ©2010.

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.