Jesse Ball

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General Information

Name: Jesse Ball

Pen Name: None


Born: 1978 in Port Jefferson, New York


Email: N/A

Illinois Connection

Ball lives in Chicago and is an Assistant Professor at the Art Institute of Chicago Master of Fine Arts Writing program.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jesse Ball is a novelist, poet, and artist. He received his BA in 2000 from Vassar College and his MFA in 2004 from Columbia University. He has written several novels and works of verse, bestiaries, and sketchbooks. A fellow of the NEA, Creative Capital, and the Guggenheim Foundation, his verse has also been included in the Best American Poetry series.

Published Works

  • March Book, Grove Press, 2004
  • Vera & Linus, Nyhil, 2006 - written with Thordis Bjornsdottir
  • Samedi the Deafness, Vintage, 2007
  • The Way Through Doors , Vintage, 2009
  • The Curfew, Vintage, 2011
  • Silence Once Begun, Random House, 2014
  • A Cure for Suicide: A Novel, Pantheon, 2015
  • Notes on My Dunce Cap, Pioneer Works Press, 2016
  • How to Start a Fire and Why: A Novel, Pantheon, 2016
  • Sleep, Death's Brother, Pioneer Works Press, 2017

Titles at Your Library

March Book (Grove Press Poetry)

ISBN: 0802141226
Release Date: 2004-02-27

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Vera & Linus

ISBN: 9979971568
Release Date: 2006-09-01

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Samedi the Deafness (Vintage Contemporaries)

ISBN: 0307278859
Release Date: 2007-09-04

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The Way Through Doors (Vintage Contemporaries)

ISBN: 0307387461
Release Date: 2009-02-10

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The Curfew (Vintage Contemporaries)

ISBN: 0307739856
Release Date: 2011-06-14

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Silence Once Begun: A Novel

ISBN: 0307908488
Release Date: 2014-01-28

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A Cure for Suicide: A Novel

ISBN: 1101870125
Release Date: 2015-07-21

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Notes on My Dunce Cap

ISBN: 0990593541
Release Date: 2016-02-23

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How to Set a Fire and Why: A Novel

ISBN: 1101870575
Release Date: 2016-07-05

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Sleep, Death's Brother

ISBN: 1945711027
Release Date: 2017-03-28

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Literary Awards

Body of Work

  • Los Angeles Times Book Prize, 2014
  • Illinois Author of the Year, Illinois Association of Teachers of English, 2015
  • Finalist, New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, 2015

Story: The Early Deaths of Lubeck, Brennan, Harp and Carr

  • Plimpton Prize, Paris Review, 2008

A Cure for Suicide

  • Long-list, National Book Award, 2015
  • Best Fiction, Huffington Post 2015
  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

How to Start a Fire and Why: A Novel

  • Starred Review, Booklist
  • Starred and Boxed Review, Publishers Weekly

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (No)

External Links

Jesse Ball on WorldCat


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