Joseph Olshan

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Joseph Olshan is an award-winning American novelist.

Life and career[edit]

He is the author of nine novels, most recently, Cloudland (St. Martin's Press, 2012). His first novel, Clara's Heart, won the Times/Jonathan Cape Young Writers' Competition and went on to be made into a feature film starring Whoopi Goldberg in 1988.[1][2] In addition to his novels, he has written extensively for newspapers and magazines, including San Francisco Chronicle[3] The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Times, The Observer, The Independent, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Observer, Harper's Bazaar, People Magazine, and Entertainment Weekly. Between 1992 and 1994 he was a regular book reviewer for The Wall Street Journal. For most of the 1990s he was a professor of Creative Writing at New York University, where he taught both graduate and undergraduate courses. He is currently Executive Editor of Delphinium Books (distributed by Harpercollins).[4][5][6]

Joseph Olshan is published in the U.S. by St. Martin's Press and Berkley Books and in United Kingdom by Bloomsbury Publishing and by Arcadia Books. His work has been translated into sixteen languages. He grew up in Harrison, New York, and New York City and graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara.[7] He lives in Barnard, Vermont.[8]

Olshan is openly gay.[9] He is not considered a gay literature writer but prefers to be considered simply as a "writer".[10]


  • Cloudland (St. Martin's Press, 2012)
  • The Conversion (St. Martin's Press, 2008)
  • In Clara's Hands (Bloomsbury, 2003)
  • Vanitas (Simon & Schuster, 1998)
  • Nightswimmer (Simon & Schuster, 1994)
  • The Sound of Heaven (Bloomsbury, 1992)
  • The Waterline (Doubleday, 1989)
  • A Warmer Season (Bloomsbury/McGraw-Hill, co-pub, 1987)
  • Clara's Heart (Arbor House, 1985)


  1. ^ "Joseph Olshan Filmography". Fandango. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  2. ^ " - ''Clara's Heart'' - Production Credits". 1988-10-07. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  3. ^ San Francisco Chronicle, > Review by Joseph Olshan of Night Train to Lisbon By Pascal Mercier, translated by Barbara Harshav > January 6, 2008
  4. ^ "9th International Literature Festival - Berlin 9th - 19th September 2009 Joseph Olshan - USA". Archived from the original on October 10, 2008. 
  5. ^ Joseph Olshan. "MacMillan - St. Martin's Press > Joseph Olshan Author Page > ''The Conversion". Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  6. ^ star17. "Joseph Olshan Official Website > Bio". Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  7. ^ Published: August 30, 1987 (1987-08-30). "''The New York Times'' > ''Westchester Bookcase'' > By Betsy Brown > Sunday, August 30, 1987 > Review of ''A Warmer Season'' by Joseph Olshan". Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  8. ^ "Vermont Public Radio > Interview: Author Joseph Olshan on ''The Conversion'' > Friday May 2, 2008 > By Neal Charnoff". Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  9. ^ Mayor, Carlos (2003-11-21). "La búsqueda de la verdadera familia" (PDF). Dos.Dos (in Spanish): 14. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  10. ^ Mayor, Carlos (2003-11-21). "La búsqueda de la verdadera familia" (PDF). Dos.Dos (in Spanish): 15. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 


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