Jia Tolentino is a staff writer at the New Yorker and the author of the essay collection Trick Mirror. Formerly, she was the deputy editor at Jezebel and a contributing editor at the Hairpin. She grew up in Texas, received her undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia, and got her MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan. In 2020, she received a Whiting Award as well as the Jeannette Haien Ballard Prize. Her work has also appeared in the New York Times Magazine and Pitchfork, among other places. She lives in Brooklyn.

Trick Mirror, published in 2019, was an instant New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize for Best First Book and the PEN America Diamondstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. It was named one of the best books of the year by the New York Public Library, the New York Times Book Review, the Washington Post, NPR, the Chicago Tribune, GQ, and the Paris Review. The book has been translated into eleven languages and is out in paperback now. There’s also an audiobook, narrated by the author. 

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You can find me: 

• trying to figure life out at Interview Mag

talking to Hilton Als about Joan Didion on Thursday Feb 4 at 8 PM EST with WritersBloc

talking to Patricia Lockwood about her new novel on Tuesday Feb 16 at 6 PM EST with Politics & Prose

talking to Julia Turshen about her new cookbook on Tuesday March 2 at 8 PM EST with Left Bank Books

talking to Kazuo Ishiguro about his new novel on Thursday March 4 at 6 PM EST with PEN America x the Asian American Writers Workshop

talking to Rebecca Solnit about her memoir on Tuesday March 9 at 8 PM EST with Powell’s