Last Town on Earth (Mullen)

Author Bio
Where—Rhode Island, USA
Education—B.A., Oberlin College
Awards—James Fenimore Cooper Prize, Best Historical
Currently—lives in Atlanta, Georgia

Thomas Mullen is the author of The Last Town on Earth, which was named Best Debut Novel of 2006 by USA Today, was a Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year, and was awarded the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for excellence in historical fiction.

His second novel, The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers, will be published in early 2010 by Random House. Since the publication of The Last Town on Earth, he has given lectures/readings to universities and community libraries (some of which have chosen The Last Town on Earth for "One Book/One Community" or "Freshman Reads" projects), literary festivals, and the Chicago Humanities Festival.

Mullen was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Oberlin College. He has lived in Boston; in Chapel Hill, NC; in Washington, DC; and he now makes his home in Atlanta with his wife and son.

When not reading or writing, his greatest interests are music, film, travel, and hiking. The best books he read in 2008 were Lush Life by Richard Price, Citizen Vince by Jess Walter, Then We Came To The End by Joshua Ferris, Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA by Tim Weiner, and The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright. (From the author's website.)

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