Hamilton Cain

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.

Photo credit: Ka-Man Tse


Book Reviews by Hamilton Cain

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“The Incendiaries marks the genesis of a dazzling career and showcases a writer who pushes herself courageously into the dark.”

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A shrewd observer of our national character, the late Tom Wolfe tapped extravagant stories drawn from real life and refined them in the fires of his imagination.

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“an enthralling account that stands out from the pack of environmental literature.” 

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“Affections is a marvel of spare storytelling, its voice richer for its restraint.”

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“Hers is a dark, unerring vision. We can expect more great work from this audaciously talented author.”

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Ann Powers is one of music’s enduring rock critics, emerging on VH1’s “Behind the Music” in the late ’90s with a shock of orange hair, an ironic yet warm affect, everybody’s cozy hipster big sis.