Sam Lipsyte

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Sam Lipsyte was born in 1968. He is the author of the story collections Venus Drive (named one of the top twenty-five books of its year by the Voice Literary Supplement) and The Fun Parts 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.



  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.)

  • Sam Lipsyte on KCRW's The Bookworm

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

  • 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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The Fun Parts

Sam Lipsyte

A hilarious collection of stories from the writer The New York Times called “the novelist of his generation”Returning to the form in which he began, Sam Lipsyte,...


The Subject Steve

Sam Lipsyte

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 two doctors that he is dying...


The Ask

Sam Lipsyte

Milo Burke, a development officer at a third-tier university, has “not been developing”: after a run-in with a well-connected undergrad, he finds himself among the burgeoning class...


Venus Drive

Sam Lipsyte

An intense, mordantly funny collection of short fiction from the author of Home Land and The Ask.A man with an "old soul" finds himself at a Times Square...