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Trenton Lee Stewart

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Trenton Lee Stewart
photograph of author seated in front of bookshelves
Born (1970-05-27) May 27, 1970 (age 54)
Arkansas, US
EducationHendrix College
Iowa Writers' Workshop (MFA)
GenreChildren's literature
Notable worksThe Mysterious Benedict Society series'
Notable awardsPorter Prize (2008)

Trenton Lee Stewart (born May 27, 1970) is an American author best known for the Mysterious Benedict Society series.[1] Stewart is a graduate of Hendrix College[2] and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Life and career


Trenton Lee Stewart was born on May 27, 1970, to Jerry and Sandi Stewart, and he grew up in Hot Springs, Arkansas.[3] In 1992, Stewart received a bachelor's degree in English from Hendrix College. Afterwards he attended the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop, receiving his Master of Fine Arts in creative writing in 1995. Stewart taught at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival and, after moving to Cincinnati, at the Miami University of Ohio in 2005. After that he returned to Arkansas in 2006.[4]

Stewart's first novels were published during this time: Flood Summer in 2005 and The Mysterious Benedict Society in 2007, the latter remaining on The New York Times Best Seller list for over a year.

Two more books were completed in the series: The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey in 2008, and The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma in 2009, both of which appeared on The New York Times Best Seller list. In 2012, a bestselling prequel to the series, The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict, was published, and 2016 saw the release of Stewart's The Secret Keepers, a stand-alone novel for young readers that was also a bestseller.

Stewart was a Murphy Visiting Writer-in-Residence and taught a Writing Fiction course at Hendrix College in the spring of 2019.[5] Stewart's latest novel, The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Riddle of Ages, was published September 24, 2019.[6]




  1. ^ "Author Profile: Trenton Lee Stewart". KidsRead. Archived from the original on March 3, 2008.
  2. ^ "Hendrix Odyssey - Trent Stewart '92". Hendrix College. Archived from the original on June 18, 2013. Retrieved February 15, 2013.
  3. ^ "Trenton Lee Stewart (1970–)". The Encyclopedia of Arkansas. February 28, 2018. Retrieved August 16, 2020.
  4. ^ Savage, Mollie (September 15, 2007). "Interview with Trenton Lee Stewart, Author of The Mysterious Benedict Society". Toasted Cheese. Retrieved August 16, 2020.
  5. ^ Kraus, Julia (April 23, 2019). "Trenton Lee Stewart on his time at Hendrix, advice for young writers". HendrixProfile.com. Retrieved August 16, 2020.
  6. ^ Stewart, Trenton Lee (September 24, 2019). Amazon - The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Riddle of Ages. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. ISBN 978-0316452649.