Every Fall Since 1993

John Burnham Schwartz

John Burnham Schwartz is the author of the bestselling novels The Commoner, Claire Marvel, Bicycle Days and Reservation Road, which was made into a motion picture based on his screenplay. His forthcoming novel, The Red Daughter, was inspired by the remarkable life of Joseph Stalin’s only daughter. Past Sojourn author Lauren Groff says, “Schwartz has drawn such a fine and generous portrait of Stalin’s daughter—a difficult, complicated, and deeply sympathetic woman—that I read his novel in a single great draught, and ever since have been worried about Svetlana as though she were a close and troubled friend of mine. The Red Daughter is a lustrous book.” A winner of the Lyndhurst Foundation Award for mastery in the art of fiction, Schwartz has taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Harvard University and Sarah Lawrence College, and is currently Literary Director of the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference. Schwartz’s work has been translated into more than 20 languages, and his journalism has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, The Boston Globe and Vogue. In 2018 he was nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Writing for his work as a screenwriter of the HBO Film The Wizard of Lies, starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer.

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