Born and raised in the South, Hamilton Cain graduated magna cum laude from the University of Virginia and received his MFA degree in creative writing from Hollins University. As a book editor he acquired and edited adult trade books for Scribner, Dutton/Plume, and Morrow/Avon, working with a range of literary fiction and nonfiction writers. His authors were recipients and finalists for such accolades as the National Book Critics’ Circle Award, the PEN/Hemingway first fiction prize, the Rosenthal prize, the Los Angeles Times book award, and the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein prize.
As a freelance journalist he’s written for O, the Oprah Magazine, Men’s Health, The Good Men Project, and The List (Edinburgh, U.K.), and was a finalist for a 2006 National Magazine Award. He’s been a regular contributor to the books section of O, the Oprah Magazine, and also writes reviews for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, The Barnes & Noble Review, and Chapter 16. The author of a memoir, This Boy’s Faith: Notes from a Southern Baptist Upbringing (Crown, 2011), he has taught at New York University and is currently a member of the National Book Critics Circle and editorial consultant to the Broad Institute of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University.
He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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