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Name  Joseph Olshan
Role  Novelist
Movies  Clara's Heart

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Nominations  Stonewall Book Award-Barbara Gittings Literature Award, Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men's Fiction
Books  Nightswimmer, The Conversion, A warmer season, In Clara's hands, Clara's heart
Similar People  Mark Medoff, Robert Mulligan, Whoopi Goldberg, Neil Patrick Harris

Meet joseph olshan

Joseph Olshan is an award-winning American novelist.


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Life and career

He is the author of nine novels, most recently, Cloudland (St. Martin's Press, 2012). His first novel, Clara's Heart, won the Times/Jonathan Cape Young Writers' Competition and went on to be made into a feature film starring Whoopi Goldberg in 1988. In addition to his novels, he has written extensively for newspapers and magazines, including the San Francisco Chronicle The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Times, The Observer, The Independent, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Observer, Harper's Bazaar, People Magazine, and Entertainment Weekly. Between 1992 and 1994 he was a regular book reviewer for The Wall Street Journal. For most of the 1990s he was a professor of Creative Writing at New York University, where he taught both graduate and undergraduate courses. He is currently Executive Editor of Delphinium Books (distributed by Harpercollins).

Joseph Olshan is published in the U.S. by St. Martin's Press and Berkley Books and in United Kingdom by Bloomsbury Publishing and by Arcadia Books. His work has been translated into sixteen languages. He grew up in Harrison, New York, and New York City and graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He lives in Barnard, Vermont.

Olshan is openly gay. He is not considered a writer of gay literature but prefers to be considered simply as a "writer".


  • Cloudland (St. Martin's Press, 2012)
  • The Conversion (St. Martin's Press, 2008)
  • In Clara's Hands (Bloomsbury, 2003)
  • Vanitas (Simon & Schuster, 1998)
  • Nightswimmer (Simon & Schuster, 1994)
  • The Sound of Heaven (Bloomsbury, 1992)
  • The Waterline (Doubleday, 1989)
  • A Warmer Season (Bloomsbury/McGraw-Hill, co-pub, 1987)
  • Clara's Heart (Arbor House, 1985)
  • References

    Joseph Olshan Wikipedia

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