Sam Lipsyte

Sam Lipsyte
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Sam Lipsyte was born in 1968. He is the author of the story collection Venus Drive (named one of the top twenty-five books of its year by the Voice Literary Supplement) and three novels: The Ask, The Subject Steve and Home Land, which was a New York Times Notable Book and received the first annual Believer Book Award. He is also the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship. He lives in New York City and teaches at Columbia University.


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In Studio: Sam Lipsyte reads The Ask

The Ask is a burst of genius by a young American master who has already demonstrated that the truly provocative and important fictions are often the funniest ones.

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Lipsyte on the Read Roll Show

Lipsyte’s first novel. The author losing his mother, and making fiction. (Backyard flowers, birds.)

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Sam Lipsyte at the FSG Reading Series

Novelist Sam Lipsyte reads from The Ask at the Russian Samovar as a part of the FSG Reading Series.

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Sam Lipsyte on KCRW's The Bookworm

Michael Silverblatt ask Sam to read from "Nate's Pain Is Nowl"

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Sam Lipsyte reads on Dinner Party Download

Writer Sam Lipsyte’s pitch-black comedies - like the acclaimed 2010 novel “The Ask” - are filled with lovable lowlifes and schemers. His new short story collection “The Fun Parts” carries on the tradition - with punchlines and gut-punches flying fast and furious. Today we overhear an excerpt from the story “The Republic of Empathy” about the joys of parenting. (It has been edited for time.)

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Sam Lipsyte talks to Leonard Lopate on WNYC

Sam Lipsyte discusses his new book of short stories, The Fun Parts. A boy eats his way to self-discovery while another must battle the reality-brandishing monster preying on his fantasy realm. Other tales feature a possibly deranged male birth doula and a glimpse of the northern New Jersey high school shot-putting circuit, circa 1986.

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The Ask by Sam Lipsyte--Audiobook Excerpt

Listen to this audiobook excerpt and hear author Sam Lipsyte read from his novel The Ask. Milo Burke—husband, father, development officer at a third-tier university—has just joined the burgeoning class of the newly unemployed. Grasping after odd jobs to support his wife and child, Milo is relieved to get another chance from his former boss. All he has to do is reel in a potential donor who, mysteriously, has requested Milo's involvement.

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The Fun Parts

Sam Lipsyte
Picador

A boy eats his way to self-discovery, while another must battle the reality-brandishing monster preying on his fantasy realm. Elsewhere, an aerobics...


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The Ask

Sam Lipsyte
Picador

A New York Times Bestseller A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice Milo Burke—husband, father, development officer at a third-tier university—has...


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The Subject Steve

Sam Lipsyte
Picador

Meet Steve (not his real name), a Special Case, in truth a Terminal Case, and the eponymous antihero of Sam Lipsyte’s first novel. Steve has been informed by...


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Venus Drive

Sam Lipsyte
Picador

An intense, mordantly funny collection of short fiction from the author of Home Land and The Ask.


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Home Land

Sam Lipsyte
Picador

What if somebody finally wrote to his high school alumni bulletin and told...the truth! Here is an update from hell, and the most brilliant work to date, by...


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