Sam Lipsyte

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Sam Lipsyte
Lipsyte in 2014
Lipsyte in 2014
Born1968 (age 55–56)
New York City, U.S.
EducationBrown University (BA)
Genrenovelist, short story writer
Notable awardsNew York Times Notable Book of the Year,
Believer Book Award
RelativesRobert Lipsyte (father)

Sam Lipsyte (born 1968) is an American novelist and short story writer.[1]


The son of the sports journalist Robert Lipsyte, Sam Lipsyte was born in New York City and raised in Closter, New Jersey,[2] where he attended Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest.[3] He attended Brown University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1990. At Brown, Lipsyte lived with Steven Johnson.[4][5]

Lipsyte was an editor at the webzine FEED.[6] His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Quarterly, The New Yorker, Harper's, Noon, Tin House, Open City, N+1, Slate, McSweeney's, Esquire, GQ, Bookforum, The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Nouvelle Revue Française, The Paris Review, This Land, and Playboy, among other places.

Lipsyte's work is characterized by its verbal acumen and black humor. His books have been translated into several languages, including French, Russian, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. His novel The Ask was published in the United States by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2010, and in the United Kingdom by Old Street Publishing. In May 2011, HBO announced development of a comedy, "People City," based on Lipsyte's work, with Lipsyte serving as writer and executive producer.[7]

He lives in Manhattan and teaches fiction at Columbia University.[8][9]


His novel Home Land was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year for 2005 and winner of the inaugural 2004 Believer Book Award. Venus Drive was named one of the 25 Best Books of 2000 by The Village Voice Literary Supplement. In 2008, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship.[10]



  • Venus Drive, Open City Books, 2000, ISBN 978-1-890447-25-0
  • The Subject Steve, Broadway Books, 2001, ISBN 978-0-7679-0885-6; reprint Random House, Inc., 2002, ISBN 978-0-7679-0917-4
  • Home Land, Flamingo, 2004, ISBN 978-0-00-717036-4; Macmillan, 2005, ISBN 978-0-312-42418-3
  • The Ask, Macmillan, 2010, ISBN 978-0-374-29891-3
  • The Fun Parts, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012, ISBN 978-0-374-29890-6
  • Hark, Simon & Schuster, 2019, ISBN 978-1501146060
  • Friend of the Pod, Gagosian, 2022, ISBN 978-1-951449-40-7 (novella)
  • No One Left to Come Looking for You, Simon & Schuster, 2022, ISBN 978-1501146121

Articles and other contributions[edit]


  1. ^ Venus Drive, story by Sam Lipsyte, Open City (magazine). Accessed July 28, 2011.
  2. ^ Staff. "Corrections", Poets & Writers, May/June 2010. Accessed July 28, 2011. "Sam Lipsyte's hometown is Closter, New Jersey, not Demarest, as stated in Failure's Fortune by Frank Bures (March/April 2010)."
  3. ^ Lauer, Evelyn. "Around Town", The Record, January 11, 1987. Accessed January 4, 2022, via "Those who took honors for poetry are: First prize Edward Zdanek, Dumont High School. Second prize Jeff Janisheski, Don Bosco High School, Ramsey, Sam Lipsyte, Northern Valley Regional High School, Demarest; and Halice Ruppi, Dwight Morrow High School, Englewood."
  4. ^ Johnson, Steven (2011-10-14). "I Was an Under-Age Semiotician". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-02-22.
  5. ^ Kachka, Boris. "Has the World Finally Caught Up With Post-Punk Author Sam Lipsyte?". Vulture. Retrieved 2022-02-22.
  6. ^ "Sam Lipsyte, on falling forward when there's no fallback - Work.Life - Liz Kofman & Astri von Arbin Ahlander - True/Slant". Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2010-06-09.
  7. ^ Rose, lacey. "HBO Developing Comedy From Author Sam Lipsyte (Exclusive)", The Hollywood Reporter, May 23, 2011. Accessed July 28, 2011.
  8. ^ Sam Lipsyte: Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Undergraduate Creative Writing, Columbia University. Accessed July 28, 2011.
  9. ^ Alpern, Emma (16 December 2022). "Novelist Sam Lipsyte Cleaves His Peppers". Grub Street. Retrieved 19 December 2022.
  10. ^ "John Simon Guggenheim". Retrieved 12 May 2015.

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