Nathaniel Rich is the author of three novels: King Zeno (MCD/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018); Odds Against Tomorrow (FSG, 2013); and The Mayor’s Tongue (Riverhead, 2008). Losing Earth: A Recent History will be published in April 2019 by MCD/Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Rich’s short fiction has been published by McSweeney’s, Vice, the Virginia Quarterly Review, and the American Scholar; the stories “The Northeast Kingdom” and “Blue Rock,” were both finalists for the National Magazine Award for Fiction, and the latter was awarded the 2017 Emily Clark Balch Prize for Fiction. Rich served as Fiction Editor of the Paris Review between 2005 and 2010.
Rich is a writer-at-large for the New York Times Magazine; his essays on literature appear regularly in the Atlantic and the New York Review of Books. His reported pieces, appearing in Harper’s, Rolling Stone, and Men’s Journal, have appeared in various anthologies, including the Best American Nonrequired Reading and the Best American Science and Nature Writing.
In 2005 he published a work of film criticism, San Francisco Noir: The City in Film Noir from 1940 to the Present, which Martin Scorsese called “a fascinating work of criticism disguised as a guided tour around a great city.”
Rich lives in New Orleans.