Jim Shepard is the author of six novels, including most recently Project X, and four story collections, including the forthcoming You Think That’s Bad (Knopf, March 2011). His third collection, Like You’d Understand, Anyway, was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award and won The Story Prize. Project X won the 2005 Library of Congress/Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction, as well as the ALEX Award from the American Library Association. His short fiction has appeared in, among other magazines, Harper’s, McSweeney’s, The Paris Review, The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, DoubleTake, The New Yorker, Granta, Zoetrope: All-Story, and Playboy, and he was a columnist on film for the magazine The Believer. Four of his stories have been chosen for the Best American Short Stories, and one for a Pushcart Prize. He’s won an Artists’ Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
A native of Bridgeport, Conn., Shepard received his undergraduate degree from Trinity College and his M.F.A. from Brown University. He teaches at Williams College and in the Warren Wilson MFA program. His wife Karen Shepard is also a novelist. They live in Williamstown, Mass. with their three children, and two beagles.
Click here to watch Jim read as part of the 2008 BathHouse Reading Series at Eastern Michigan University
Click here to read an interview with Jim conducted by Bret Anthony Johnston
Click here to read a feature on Jim from O Magazine