I was born in 1969, the son of two English professors, and grew up in Lexington, MA. I graduated from college with a degree in literature, then I spent three years in graduate school in comparative literature before moving to New York City and writing full-time.
My first novel, Warp, was published in 1997; Codex came out in 2004 and became an international bestseller. My third novel The Magicians was published in 2009 and was a New York Times bestseller. The New Yorker named it one of the best books of the year. The sequel, The Magician King, came out in 2011 and was a Times bestseller as well; the third book, The Magician’s Land, will be out in August 2014. The Magicians books have now been published in twenty-three countries and garnered praise from George R.R. Martin, John Green, Audrey Niffenegger, Erin Morgenstern, Joe Hill, William Gibson, Gregory Maguire, Junot Diaz and many others.
I also write essays, journalism and criticism. Since 2002 I’ve been the book critic at Time magazine, and the New York Times described me as “among this country’s smartest and most reliable critics.” I’ve written a dozen or so cover stories for Time, and my work has also appeared in the Believer, the Village Voice, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Salon, Wired, Entertainment Weekly, Lingua Franca and many other places. I’ve won several awards for journalism, including a Deadline award in 2006. I make regular appearances on campuses, including Harvard, Yale and Oxford, and as a commentator on NPR.
I live in Brooklyn with my wife, two daughters and one son, in a creaky old house.