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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Joshua Ferris  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Born: 1974 in Danville, Illinois


Illinois Connection

He was born in Danville, Illinois and went to high school in Downers Grove.

Biographical and Professional Information

Joshua Ferris is a writer. In 1998, he was an adverstising staff member at Davis Harrison Dion, in Chicago. He also worked for Draft Worldwide before leaving Chicago for California to participate in the MFA program at the University of California, Irvine. Ferris currently resides in New York.His book, ''Then We Came to the End'', has been translated into 24 languages. His fiction has appeared in ''The New Yorker'', ''Granta'', ''Best New American Voices'', ''New Stories from the South'', ''Prairie Schooner'', ''The Tin House'', ''The Guarian'' and ''The Iowa Review''.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- ''Then We Came to the End'', won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Barnes and Noble Discover Award, and was a National Book Award finalist.