Avi Steinberg is the author of three books of narrative nonfiction published by Knopf Doubleday: Running the Books (2010), The Lost Book of Mormon (2014), and The Happily Ever After (2020). His books have been translated into five languages and cited as Best of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle and the New Yorker, among others. He is currently at work on a biography of the writer and political activist, Grace Paley, which will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and on a translation of the biblical story of David, which will be published by Norton/Liveright. In 2019, he was awarded a writing residency at Yaddo.
He is a contributor to the New Yorker’s Culture Desk, and a regular features writer for the New York Times Magazine. His essays and reportage have also appeared in the Guardian magazine (‘The Long-Read’), Salon, the Paris Review, and n+1. He has been leading creative nonfiction workshops in the Residential College since 2018.