Hot Authors

April 14, 2011 | 2

“Author-hot” has historically been a pejorative phrase, or at best faint praise, but Canteen is looking to change that with its “Hot Authors” project, “reinterpreting and reappropriating fashion magazine glam” for the Moleskine set. The redesigned Canteen website also features an interview with yours truly – not, I’m sad to report, included in the “Hot Authors” package.

is the author of City on Fire and A Field Guide to the North American Family. In 2017, he was named one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists.


  1. Author hot totally doesn’t have to be pejorative, though. It can also refer to a specific type of hotness, like the blend of sexy librarian and hipster hot, etc.

    The Literary Man book blog breaks this down interestingly: Karen Russell’s on there, as well as Jhumpa Lahiri and a few others who are definitely author hot (in a good way). Here’s the list:

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