A world traveler and a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, John Dalton writes with clarity and precision -- offering a debut novel -- Heaven Lake -- that reflects both his deep familiarity with Asian culture and his exquisite craftsmanship.
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Carrboro, North Carolina
Date of Birth:
December 10, 1963
Place of Birth:
St. Louis, Missouri
B.A. in English, University of Missouri, 1987; M.F.A. in Creative Writing, University of Iowa, 1993
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|First Place Winner: 2004 Discover Great New Writers Award |
In Dalton's breakout work, a young American missionary experiences the darker side of human nature -- including his own. Selecting it as a finalist for the 2004 Discover Great New Writers Award in the fiction category, our dditors call this an "intense, spellbinding novel."
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|A Writer's Rituals|
|"In my mid- and early 20s I would gear up for writing by staying up late, drinking caffeine-rich soda, smoking cigarettes," Dalton revealed in our exclusive interview. "This, of course, wears you out quick. Now I get up early, read poetry, and exercise on the NordicTrak before writing."|
J. M. Coetzee
We asked Dalton to tell us about some of his favorite books. He called Coetzee's Disgrace "one of the most uncompromising novels I have ever read. I’ve heard other readers say the novel is so bleak that it’s soul-crushing. And yet I find its willingness to tell the deepest and hardest truths inspiring, even exhilarating," he reflects.
Dalton also named Jim Crace's haunting novel of "life" after death, Being Dead, a favorite. "Even as this novel strips away sentimentalized notions of death and the afterlife, it’s also offering us an awareness of how amazing the world is," he explains. Read our interview to learn more about Dalton's best-loved books, including:
|Photo by Rebecca E. B. Daugherty||