James Hynes (born August 23, 1955) is an American novelist. He was born in Okemos, Michigan, and grew up in Big Rapids, Michigan. He lived for many years in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and currently resides in Austin, Texas, where he has taught creative writing at the University of Texas. He has also taught at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the University of Michigan, Miami University, and Grinnell College. Hynes received a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Michigan and an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa.
His first novel, The Wild Colonial Boy, deals with terrorism in Northern Ireland, but Hynes is best known for his three subsequent books, Publish and Perish, The Lecturer's Tale, and Kings of Infinite Space, which combine satire and horror. His most recent novel, Next, was published in 2010. His reviews and literary essays have appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Boston Review, and the online magazine Salon.com. In the 1980s he wrote about television for the Michigan Voice, Mother Jones, and In These Times.
- The Wild Colonial Boy (Atheneum, 1990)
- Publish and Perish: Three Tales of Tenure and Terror (Picador USA, 1997)
- The Lecturer's Tale (Picador USA, 2001)
- Kings of Infinite Space (St. Martin's Press, 2004)
- Next (Little, Brown and Company, 2010)
- James Hynes's website
- Profile from Contemporary Authors Online, Thomson Gale, 2004
- Review of Publish and Perish, New York Times Book Review, August 3, 1997
- Review of The Lecturer's Tale, by Elaine Showalter, Chronicle of Higher Education, February 2, 2001.
- "Genre Trouble," by James Hynes, Boston Review, December 2000/January 2001.
- "Adam Thorpe's One-Man Show," by James Hynes, Boston Review, Summer, 2003.
- "The Secret Lives of Men," by James Hynes, Boston Review, Summer, 2004.
- "Cubicle Gothic," by James Hynes, Boston Review, April/May, 2004.
- Michael Schaub interviews James Hynes, Bookslut, 2004
- James Hynes discovers Ana Karenina through bifocals, Salon, July 2005
- "The Dreamlife of Rupert Thomson," by James Hynes, Boston Review, January/February, 2006.
- "Destination: Whitechapel and Spitalfields," by James Hynes, Salon, June 15, 2006.
- James Hynes’ top ten Halloween recommendations
- "The Big Shill," by James Hynes, In These Times, September 21, 1988. Hynes writes about Harvey Pekar's final appearance on Late Night with David Letterman.