Brooks Hansen

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Brooks Hansen
NationalityUnited States
GenreLiterary fiction

Brooks Hansen is an American novelist, screenwriter, and illustrator best known for his 1995 book The Chess Garden. He has also written one young adult's novel. He lives with his family in Carpinteria, California. He was the recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005. He teaches at Cate School in Carpinteria as an English teacher.


  • Boone (1990) Co-written with childhood friend and Harvard classmate Nick Davis. A fictional documentary-style biography of a fictional performance artist and painter. Named a New York Times Notable Book.
  • The Chess Garden (1995) A New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Selected for the Fall 1995 Barnes & Noble "Discover Great New Writers" program. Publishers' Weekly Best Book of the Year, 1995.
  • Caesar's Antlers (1997) For young adults
  • Perlman's Ordeal: A Novel (1999) A New York Times Notable Book.
  • The Monsters of St. Helena (2003) A fictional account of Napoleon Bonaparte's final years on St. Helena. Named A New York Times Notable Book.
  • The Brotherhood of Joseph (2008) A memoir of infertility and adoption.
  • John the Baptizer: A Novel (2009)
  • Asmodeus: The Legend of Margrét and the Dragon (2016)
  • "BEASTIE: Lord of The Lamp Post, a recollection with drawings (2016)

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