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Zachary Lazar

Photo by Deborah LusterZachary Lazar is the author of four books, including the novel Sway, chosen as a Best Book of 2008 by the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Publisher’s Weekly, and Newsday, was an Editor’s Choice at the New York Times Book Review and was a finalist for the Discover Great New Writers Award at Barnes & Noble. His memoir Evening’s Empire: The Story of My Father’s Murder was a Best Book of 2009 in the Chicago Tribune. His latest novel, I Pity the Poor Immigrant, published in spring of 2014, has received high praise by such reviewers as Rich Cohen for the New York Times Book Review. Lazar published his first novel, Aaron, Approximately, in 1988.

His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, BOMB, and other publications. Born in Phoenix, AZ, he earned an A.B. Degree in Comparative Literature from Brown University and an MFA from the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Lazar is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University. He lives in New Orleans, where he is on the creative writing faculty at Tulane University. For an in-depth review of Pity the Poor Immigrant, read Rich Cohen’s interview at:

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