Guest Professorship 2009/2010
Olen Steinhauer grew up in Virginia, and has since lived in Austin, San Francisco, Boston, Brooklyn, Romania, Italy, and Hungary. He received his BA in English from the University of Texas at Austin and his MFA from Emerson College in Boston. In 1999, he won a yearlong Fulbright research fellowship to work on a novel in Romania. Since 2002, he has been a full-time novelist. He lives in Budapest with his wife and daughter.
His first five novels formed a sequence chronicling the life of a fictional Eastern European country from 1948 until 1989, following the arc of the Cold War. They were shortlisted for a variety of awards and received significant critical acclaim in the US and the UK.
2009’s The Tourist, the first of a trilogy of espionage thrillers, was optioned for film by Warner Bros., with George Clooney slated to star. Happily, it’s also the first of his novels to reach the New York Times bestseller list. It is being published in 20 languages—the German edition will appeared in January 2010.