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Benjamin Percy          

Acclaimed Novelist & Story Writer Author of The Dead Lands

Benjamin Percy is the author of three novels, The Dead Lands, a post-apocalyptic reimagining of the Lewis and Clark saga (Grand Central/Hachette, 2015), about which Stephen King declared, “You will not come across a finer work of sustained imagination this year. Good God, what a tale. Don’t miss it.“; Red Moon (Grand Central/Hachette, 2013), an IndieNext pick and Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection; and The Wilding (Graywolf Press, 2010), winner of the Society of Midland Authors Award for Fiction. He is also the author of two books of stories, Refresh, Refresh (Graywolf, 2007) and The Language of Elk (Grand Central, 2013/Carnegie Mellon, 2006). Percy is currently adapting Red Moon as a series for FOX TV with Oscar-winner Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, I am Legend, Winter’s Tale) and The Wilding as a film with director Tanya Wexler (Hysteria). He also has a craft book, Thrill Me, due out by Graywolf Press in 2016.

His fiction and nonfiction have been read on National Public Radio; performed at Symphony Space; and published by Esquire, where he is a contributing editor, as well as GQ, Time, Men’s Journal, Outside, The Paris Review, Tin House, Chicago Tribune, Orion, The Wall Street Journal, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, and many other magazines and journals. His honors include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Whiting Award, the Plimpton Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, and inclusion in Best American Short Stories and Best American Comics. He writes for DC Comics, and his story “Refresh, Refresh” was adapted into a screenplay by filmmaker James Ponsoldt and a graphic novel (First Second Books, 2009) by Eisner-nominated artist Danica Novgorodoff. Percy is currently working on a crime drama for Starz called Black Gold, set in North Dakota and focusing on oiling drilling and fracking.

Percy has taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is the writer in residence at St. Olaf College and a faculty member in the low-residency MFA program at Pacific University.

Speech Topics

Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

Horror in Film and Literature

History of the American West in Literature, Culture & Geography

Writing the Environment & Outdoor Adventure

Suspense, Momentum & the “Art” of Violence

From Fiction to Graphic Novel or Screenplay

Literature of War

An Evening with Benjamin Percy


Benjamin Percy's 'Red Moon' -

In Benjamin Percy's novel, the misunderstood lycanthrope population is being persecuted. And they're not going to take it anymore.

Benjamin Percy howls at the 'Red Moon' - Los Angeles Times

The setting of Benjamin Percy's "Red Moon" - an alternative universe in which humans and lycans coexist - may seem unhappily familiar to anyone familiar with  ...

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