Writer, essayist, screenwriter and creator of comics, born in Washington in 1963 and now living in Berkeley with his wife Ayelet Waldman and their four children.
His books have been well received by the critics since his debut at the age of twenty-five with The Mysteries of Pittsburgh published in Italy by Rizzoli who, in 2001, translated The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and then his previous works Wonder Boys (2002) and The Mysteries of Pittsburg (2003). Later, The Final Solution (2005), Werewolves in their youth (2006) and The Yiddish Policemen’s Union (2007) were also published in Italian.
With The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, he was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and besides the Pulitzer Prize, he won the New York Society Library Prize, the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award and the Commonwealth Club Gold Medal. Since March 2012, he has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2011, he published his first book for children, The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man, illustrated by Jake Parker. His most recent novel is Telegraph Avenue (2012).