Keith Donohue (novelist)

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Keith Donohue
Born1959 (1959)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Occupationspeechwriter, novelist, construction worker, cigar store manager, box office clerk, and bureaucrat
Genrenovel, short story
Literary movementmagical realism

Keith Donohue (born 1959) is an American novelist. He is the author of five novels: The Motion of Puppets (2016), The Boy Who Drew Monsters (2014), Centuries of June (2011), Angels of Destruction (2009), and The Stolen Child (2006). His acclaimed 2006 novel The Stolen Child, about a changeling, was inspired by the Yeats poem of the same name.


Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he earned his B.A. and M.A. from Duquesne University and his Ph.D. in English from The Catholic University of America.

Until 1998 he worked at the National Endowment for the Arts and wrote speeches for chairmen John Frohnmayer and Jane Alexander, and is currently director of communications for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the grant-making arm of the US National Archives in Washington, DC.[1]

He has also written book reviews for the Washington Post.[citation needed]


  • Centuries of June. New York: Crown Publishers. 2011. ISBN 0-307-45028-7.
  • Angels of Destruction. New York: Shaye Areheart Books. 2009. ISBN 0-307-45025-2.
  • The Stolen Child. New York: Nan A. Talese. 2006. ISBN 0-385-51616-9.
  • The Irish Anatomist: A Study of Flann O'Brien. Bethesda: Maunsel Press. 2002. ISBN 1-930901-35-6.
  • The Boy Who Drew Monsters. New York: Picador. 2014. ISBN 978-1-250-05715-0.
  • The Motion of Puppets. New York: Picador. 2016. ISBN 978-1-250-05718-1.



Contemporary Authors Online. The Gale Group, 2007. PEN (Permanent Entry Number): 0000169243.

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