Michael Dahlie is the author of two novels, A Gentleman’s Guide to Graceful Living and The Best of youth. A Gentleman’s Guide to Graceful Living won the PEN/Hemingway Award in 2009. Dahlie also won a Whiting Award in 2010. His short fiction has appeared in journals and magazines including Harper’s, Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, and Tin House.
Because it’s relevant to his new novel, he now admits he’s written quite a bit under pen names, including many books for young readers and stories in literary journals. His novels for young readers have received starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly, School Library Journal, Booklist, and Kirkus Reviews, and have also appeared on several year-end lists, including The Washington Post’s Top Ten Books For Young Readers. His short stories for “adult readers” under pseudonyms have appeared in places including The Yale Review, Epoch, Harvard Review, and the Pushcart Prize Anthology.
Currently, he’s Assistant Professor and Booth Tarkington Writer-in-Residence at Butler University, in Indianapolis, where he lives with his wife, the novelist Allison Lynn, and their five-year-old son, Evan. Before that, he lived in New York City for 11 years, 6 of which were spent in Brooklyn, a few neighborhoods away from where The Best of Youth is set.