Christopher Bollen

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Christopher Bollen
Born (1975-11-26) November 26, 1975 (age 43)
OccupationNovelist, editor

Christopher Bollen (born November 26, 1975) is a novelist[1] and magazine writer/editor[2] who lives in New York City.[3]

Describing his novels, The Daily Telegraph notes that "Bollen writes expansive, psychologically probing novels in the manner of Updike, Eugenides and Franzen, but he is also an avowed disciple of Agatha Christie."[4]

Early life[edit]

Raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia College of Columbia University in 1998.[5]


He was the Editor in Chief of Interview Magazine from early 2008 to mid-2009, after serving as Editor in Chief of V Magazine.[2][6] After stepping down as Editor in Chief, Bollen continued on as Editor at Large of Interview Magazine.[7] On May 21, 2018, the publication ceased operations completely after nearly 50 years.

Bollen also writes about art and culture at other publications like Artforum and The New York Times.


He published his first novel, Lightning People in 2011.[8] Lightning People is about downtown New York City in 2007.[9][10]

Bollen's second novel is titled Orient, a thriller published in May 2015 by HarperCollins named after Orient, New York (the tip of the North Fork of Long Island). The Los Angeles Times writes that Orient "might well be this summer's most ambitious thriller or this summer's most thrilling work of literary fiction."[11] The Times further describes it as a "juicy mystery at the tip of Long Island at summer's end, when the season's fleeting pleasures have blown away, revealing the fractured and fractious year-round community that remains behind when the casual visitors have returned to the relative safety of New York City."[11]

Bollen's third novel, The Destroyers was published on June 27, 2017, by HarperCollins, and was honoured with the Bad Sex in Fiction Award in 2017.


  1. ^ McInerney, Jay (1 September 2011). "Chris Bollen". Interview Magazine. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  2. ^ a b Koblin, John (3 March 2008). "The Post-Sischy Interview". The New York Observer. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  3. ^ Pollack, Maika. "Christopher Bollen". Artforum. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  4. ^ Kerridge, Jake (14 April 2015). "Orient by Christopher Bollen, review: 'highly pleasing'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
  5. ^ Rouen, Ethan (1 December 2011). "Christopher Bollen '98's Love-Hate Letter to New York City". Columbia Today. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  6. ^ "Management Changes at Interview Magazine". The New York Times. 19 July 2009. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
  7. ^ Rovzar, Chris (11 September 2011). "164 Minutes With Christopher Bollen". New York Magazine. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  8. ^ Bollen, Christopher (2011). Lightning People. San Francisco: Soft Skull Press. p. 368. ISBN 9781593764197.
  9. ^ Brown, Jacob (20 September 2011). "Asked & Answered: Christopher Bollen". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  10. ^ Sachs, Sam (3 September 2011). "Rootless Urban Transplants". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  11. ^ a b Pochoda, Ivy (8 May 2015). "Review: Christopher Bollen's 'Orient' a literary thriller with wit and style". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 24 July 2015.

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