Chris Bachelder

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Chris Bachelder
Born1971 (age 47–48)

Chris Bachelder (born 1971) is an American writer, e-book pioneer and frequent contributor to the publications McSweeney's Quarterly Concern and The Believer.

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he grew up in Christiansburg, Virginia. He attended Virginia Tech (BA, 1992) and the University of Florida at Gainesville (MFA, 2002).

Bachelder has taught fiction writing and literature courses at Colorado College (Assistant Professor), North Carolina Governor's School West, New Mexico State University (Visiting Professor), and The University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA Program for Poets & Writers, along with Sabina Murray, Noy Holland and Anthony Giardina. He currently teaches at the University of Cincinnati (Associate Professor).

Bachelder's e-book, Lessons in Virtual Tour Photography, was McSweeney's first career-development e-book. By 2004, more than 45,000 people had downloaded the novel.[citation needed] His most recent novel, The Throwback Special, was published by W.W. Norton and Company in March 2016 and was named as a finalist for the National Book Award.[1]


  • Bear v. Shark (Scribner, 2001)
  • Lessons in Virtual Tour Photography (e-book), 2006, McSweeney's
  • U.S.! (Bloomsbury USA, 2006).
  • Abbott Awaits (Louisiana State University Press, 2011)
  • The Throwback Special (W. W. Norton, 2016)


  1. ^ "2016 National Book Award Finalists Announced". October 7, 2016. Retrieved October 7, 2016.

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