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TC Boyle

Writer in Residence and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English

Contact Information
E-mail: tcboyle@email.usc.edu
Phone: (213) 821-0477
Office: THH 431

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Biographical Sketch

Please see my website, tcboyle.com or the fan sites, tcboyle.net and tcboyle.de
 

Education

B.A. , SUNY College at Potsdam
M.F.A. , University of Iowa
Ph.D. , University of Iowa
 

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Professor Boyle is the author of twenty-one works of fiction. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and has taught at USC since 1978, when he founded the undergraduate program in creative writing. His many honors and awards include the 1988 PEN/Faulkner Award for "World's End"; the 1998 PEN/Malamud Award for the first volume of his collected stories; grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts; five O. Henry Awards and three inclusions in Best American Stories; as well as France's Prix Medicis Etranger for best foreign novel of the year ("The Tortilla Curtain") and the Prix Passion publishers' prize for his first novel, Water Music. His books have been translated into some twenty-five languages.
 

Publications

Book

Boyle, T. C. (2003). Doubletakes, ed. T.C. Boyle. Boston: Wadsworth, 2003.
 

Novel

Boyle, T. C. (2010). When the Killing's Done. New York: Viking, 2011. New York. Viking.
Boyle, T. C. (2009). The Women. New York: Viking, 2009. N.Y., NY. Viking.
Boyle, T. C. (2006). Talk Talk. New York: Viking, 2006.
Boyle, T. (2004). The Inner Circle. New York: Viking, 2004.
Boyle, T. (2003). Drop City. New York: Viking, 2003.
Boyle, T. (2000). A Friend of the Earth. New York: Viking, 2000.
Boyle, T. (1998). Riven Rock. New York: Viking, 1998.
Boyle, T. (1995). The Tortilla Curtain. New York: Viking, 1995.
Boyle, T. C. (1993). The Road to Wellville. New York: Viking, 1993.
Boyle, T. C. (1990). East Is East. New York: Viking, 1990.
Boyle, T. C. (1987). World's End. New York: Viking, 1987.
Boyle, T. C. (1984). Budding Prospects. New York: Viking, 1984.
Boyle, T. C. (1981). Water Music. Boston: Atlantic-Little, Brown, 1981.
 

Other

Boyle, T. C. (2010). Wild Child and Other Stories. New York: Viking, 2010. Viking.
Boyle, T. C. (2005). Tooth and Claw. New York: Viking, 2005.
Boyle, T. C. (2005). The Human Fly. New York: Viking, 2005.
Boyle, T. (2001). After the Plague. New York: Viking, 2001.
Boyle, T. (1998). T.C. Boyle Stories. New York: Viking.
Boyle, T. C. (1994). Without A Hero. New York: Viking, 1994.
Boyle, T. C. (1989). If the River Was Whiskey. New York: Viking, 1989.
Boyle, T. C. (1985). Greasy Lake. New York: Viking, 1985.
Boyle, T. C. (1979). Descent of Man. Boston: Atlantic-Little, Brown, 1979.
 

Multimedia Scholarship and Creative Works

Anthology, U.S., The Secret History of Science Fiction, ed. James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel. San Francisco: Tachyon, 2010 ("Descent of Man")., 2010-2011   
Anthology, U.S., The Best of Rock Fiction, ed. June Skinner Sawyers and Anthony DeCurtis. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2005 ("All Shook Up")., 2010-2011   
Anthology, U.S., The Secret History of Fantasy, ed. Peter S. Beagle. San Francisco: Tachyon, 2010 ("We Are Norsemen")., 2010-2011   
Anthology, U.S., Penguin 75, ed. Paul Buckley. New York: Penguin, 2010 (Tooth and Claw essay)., 2010-2011   
Audio Book, Foreign, Das Wilde Kind, read by Boris Aljinovic, tr. by Dirk van Gunsteren. Munich: Der Hoverlag, 2010., 2010-2011   
Audio Book, U.S., Wild Child, read by T.C. Boyle. Portland: Blackstone Audio, 2010., 2010-2011   
Audio Book, U.S., Selected Shorts: Even More Laughs. New York: Symphony Space, 2010 ("The Lie," read by Stephen Colbert)., 2010-2011   
Book, Foreign, De Vrouwen. tr. Gerda Baardman, Tjerdine Stheemen and Otto Voorhoeve. Amsterdam: Anthos, 2010., 2010-2011   
Book, Foreign, Wild Child and Other Stories. London: Bloomsbury, 2010., 2010-2011   
Book, Foreign, Les Femmes, tr. Bernard Turle. Paris: Grasset, 2010., 2010-2011   
Book, Foreign, Zahne und Klauen, tr. Annette Grube and Dirk van Gunsteren. Munich: DTV, 2010 (paperback, Tooth and Claw)., 2010-2011   
Book, Foreign, The Women. London: Bloomsbury, 2010 (Paperback)., 2010-2011   
Book, Foreign, Die Frauen, tr. Dirk van Gunsteren. Munich: DTV, 2010 (Paperback)., 2010-2011   
Book, Foreign, Das Wilde Kind, tr. Dirk Van Gunsteren. Munich: Hanser Verlag, 2010 (Wild Child)., 2010-2011   
Book, U.S., The Women. N.Y.: Viking, 2010. Trade Paperback., 2010-2011   
Periodical, Foreign, Diente y Garra, Sexto Piso, Dec./Jan. 2009-2010 ("Tooth and Claw," tr. Juan Luis de lo Morca)., 2010-2011   
Periodical, Foreign, "Hands On," London Times Sunday Magazine, July 2, 2010., 2010-2011   
Periodical, U.S., "My Pain Is Worse Than Your Pain," Harper's, January, 2010 Fiction., 2010-2011   
Periodical, U.S., "A Death in Kitchawank," The New Yorker, January 18, 2010. Fiction., 2010-2011   
Periodical, U.S., "The Wreck of the Beverly B.," McSweeney's #34. Fiction (excerpt from When the Killing's Done)., 2010-2011   
Periodical, U.S., "The Silence," The Atlantic Fiction, 2010. Fiction., 2010-2011   
Periodical, U.S., "Scorpion Ranch," Orion, Sept./Oct. Fiction (excerpt from When the Killing's Done)., 2010-2011   
Periodical, U.S., "What Separates Us From the Animals," Harper's, October, 2010. Fiction., 2010-2011   
Periodical, U.S., "The Rat Savior," The Iowa Review, December, 2010. Fiction (excerpt from When the Killing's Done)., 2010-2011   
Anthology, Foreign, Nicht schon wieder Essen, ed. Daniel Kampa. Zurich: Diogenes Verlag, 2009 ("Sorry Fugu")., 2009-2010   
Anthology, U.S., Literature, Craft and Voice, ed. Nicholas Delbanco and Alan Cheuse. New York: McGraw Hill, 2009 ("Greasy Lake")., 2009-2010   
Anthology, U.S., Short Story Omnibus, ed. David Born, Judith McCue, Donald H. Whitfeld. Chicago: The Great Books Foundation, 2009 ("Greasy Lake")., 2009-2010   
Audio Books, Foreign, Der Polarforscher, tr. Dirk van Gunstern, read by Matthias Matschke, et al. Munich: Der Horverlag, 2009., 2009-2010   
Audio Books, U.S., The Women, read by Grover Gardner. Portland: Blackstone Audio, 2009., 2009-2010   
Audio Books, U.S., America, read by Sergio Gutierrez. Portland: Blackstone Audio, 2009 (The Tortilla Curtain, Spanish language edition)., 2009-2010   
Audio Books, U.S., "Swept Away," read by Rene Auberjonois, Selected Shorts: A Touch of Magic. New York: Symphony Space, 2009., 2009-2010   
Book, Foreign, Guten Flug, tr. Werner Richter. Munich: DTV, 2009 ("Friendly Skies" and "The Black and White Sisters," chapbook)., 2009-2010   
Book, Foreign, The Women. London: Bloomsbury, 2009., 2009-2010   
Book, Foreign, Die Frauen, tr. Dirk van Gunsteren. Munich: Hanser Verlag, 2009., 2009-2010   
Book, Foreign, Pricaj Prica, tr. Ivana Ostojcic. Zagreb: Fractura, 2009 (Talk Talk, Croatian)., 2009-2010   
Book, Foreign, Le Donne, tr. Andrea Buzzi. Milan: Feltrinelli, 2009., 2009-2010   
Book, Foreign, Talk Talk, tr. Bernard Turle. Paris: Grasset, 2009 (Livre de Poche edition)., 2009-2010   
Book, Foreign, Hatka City, tr. Antero Tiusanen. Helsinki: Lamplite Ltd., 2009 (Drop City, Finland.), 2009-2010   
Film, Foreign, "Zoltan, the Puppet," directed by Annina Muller (animated short, "The Human Fly")., 2009-2010   
Periodical, Foreign, "Balto," Financial Times of London, December 28-29, 2008 (fiction)., 2009-2010   
Periodical, Foreign, "Swept Away," The New Shetlander #247, 2009 (fiction)., 2009-2010   
Periodical, U.S., "Faithless," Narrative, winter 2009 (excerpt from The Women)., 2009-2010   
Periodical, U.S., "The Stewart House," Architectural Digest, January, 2009 (essay)., 2009-2010   
Periodical, U.S., "The Women," New York Times, Jan. 26, 2009 (excerpt from The Women)., 2009-2010   
Periodical, U.S., "Miriam Agonistes," L.A. Weekly, Jan. 28, 2009 (excerpt from The Women)., 2009-2010   
Periodical, U.S., "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," The Atlantic Monthly, April, 2009 (essay)., 2009-2010   
Periodical, U.S., "Anacapa," A Public Space #9, October, 2009 (fiction)., 2009-2010   
Periodical, U.S., "A Tall Man in a Short House," Sunset Magazine, Oct. 2009 (essay)., 2009-2010   
Periodical, U.S., "All the Wrecks I've Crawled Out Of," Narrative Online, Oct. 19, 2009 (essay)., 2009-2010   
Anthology, Foreign, Exotic Gothic, ed. Danel Olsen. Ashcroft, B.C.: Ashtree Press, 2008. Story: "The Black and White Sisters.", 2008-2009   
Anthology, Foreign, Los Mejores Relatos, ed. Jose Luis Palacios. Caracas: Miguel Angel Garcia y Hijo, 2007. Story: "Tooth and Claw.", 2008-2009   
Anthology, Foreign, Lo que cuenta el vecino, ed. Jon Parris Peede. Mexico City: Universidad Autonoma de Mexico, 2007. Story: "Greasy Lake.", 2008-2009   
Anthology, Foreign, Upside Down, ed. Alastair Henry. Stockholm: Nature och Kulture, 2008 ("The Champ")., 2008-2009   
Anthology, U.S., Best American Stories, 2008, ed. Salman Rushdie. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin, 2008. Story: "Admiral.", 2008-2009   
Audiobook, Foreign, Talk Talk, tr. Dirk van Gunsteren, read by Jan Josef Liefers. Munich: Der Horverlag, 2008. Novel., 2008-2009   
Audiobook, U.S., America, tr. Juan Fernando Merino, read by Sergio Guttierez. Seattle: Blackstone Audio, 2008. Novel: The Tortilla Curtain, Spanish language edition., 2008-2009   
Book, Foreign, Zahne und Klauen, tr. Annette Grube and Dirk van Gunsteren. Munich: Hanser Verlag, 2008. Story Collection: Tooth and Claw., 2008-2009   
Book, Foreign, Identita Rubate, tr. Marila Strazzer. Rome: Einaudi, 2008. Novel: Talk Talk., 2008-2009   
Book, Foreign, Talk Talk, tr. Dirk van Gunsteren. Munich: DTV, 2008. Mass Market PB., 2008-2009   
Book, Foreign, Histoires cruelles, tr. Andre Zavriew. Paris: Grasset, 2008. Story Collection: Tooth and Claw., 2008-2009   
Book, Foreign, Langt Ude, tr. Jan Pock-Steen. Copenhagen: People's Press, 2008. Novel: Drop City., 2008-2009   
Book, Foreign, Zahne und Klauen, tr. Annette Grube and Dirk van Gunsteren. Frankfurt am Main: Buchergilde Gutenberg, 2008. Story Collection: Tooth and Claw, Book Club Edition., 2008-2009   
Book, Foreign, Dr. Seks, tr. Lara Holbling Matkovic. Zagreb: Fraktura, 2008. Novel: The Inner Circle, Croatia., 2008-2009   
Book, Foreign, Reci reci, tr. David Zalesky and Marketa Zaleska. Prague: Argo, 2008. Novel: Talk Talk., 2008-2009   
Book, Foreign, Windsbraut, tr. Armin Abmeier. Frankfurt am Main: Buchergilde Gutenberg, 2008. Story: "Swept Away" Chapbook., 2008-2009   
Book, Foreign, 25 Histoires bizarres, tr. Robert Pepin, Jef Tombeur and Andre Zavriew. Paris: Grasset, 2008. Volume III of the Collected Stories, Livre du Poche edition., 2008-2009   
Periodical, Foreign, "Tooth and Claw," Innostrayana Literatura, #8, 2008. Moscow., 2008-2009   
Periodical, U.S., "Ash Monday," The New Yorker, January 21, 2008. Fiction., 2008-2009   
Periodical, U.S., "All the Wrecks I've Crawled Out Of," StoryQuarterly Annual, 2007. Fiction., 2008-2009   
Periodical, U.S., "Final Page," L.A. Times, February 27, 2008. Essay., 2008-2009   
Periodical, U.S., "The Lie," The New Yorker, April 14, 2008. Fiction., 2008-2009   
Periodical, U.S., "Thirteen Hundred Rats," The New Yorker, July 7-14, 2008., 2008-2009   
Periodical, U.S., "Bulletproof," Best Life, September, 2008. Fiction., 2008-2009   
Periodical, U.S., "Meat and Potatoes," Mississippi Review, Volume 36, #3, Fall, 2008. Fiction., 2008-2009   
Radio Performance, U.S., Selected Shorts, National Public Radio: Readings of short stories, "The Lie"; "Heart of a Champion"; "I Dated Jane Austen"; "Balto"; "Chicxulub.", 2008-2009   
Anthology, U.S., The Best American Catholic Stories, ed. Dan McVeigh and Patricia Schnapp. Lanham, MD: Sheed and Ward ("The Devil and Irv Cherniske")., 2007-2008   
Anthology, U.S., Best American Stories, ed. Stephen King. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin, 2007. ("Balto," from The Paris Review.), 2006-2007   
Anthology, U.S., The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Fiction, ed. Lex Williford and Michael Martone. New York: Scribner's, 2007. ("Caviar," from Antaeus.), 2006-2007   
Anthology, U.S., The Best Dog Stories, ed. Paul Staudohar. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2007. ("Dogology," from The New Yorker.), 2006-2007   
Audiobook, Foreign, America, tr. Werner Richter. Munich: Hoverlag, 2007. (The Tortilla Curtain, read by Jan Josef Liefers.), 2006-2007   
Audiobook, Foreign, America, tr. Werner Richter. Stuttgart: Klett Verlag. (The Tortilla Curtain, read by Jan Josef Liefers, special academic edition.), 2006-2007   
Audiobook, U.S., Pets. New York: Symphony Space, 2007. ("Heart of a Champion," read by Isaiah Sheffer., 2006-2007   
Audiobook, U.S., Food Fiction. New York: Symphony Space, 2007. ("Sorry Fugu," read by Tony Roberts.), 2006-2007   
Book, Foregin, World's End, tr. Werner Richter. Munich: DTV, 2007. New paper edition., 2006-2007   
Book, Foreign, Talk Talk, tr. Dirk van Gunsteren. Munich: Bertelsman, 2007. Book Club edition., 2006-2007   
Book, Foreign, Talk Talk, tr. Dirk van Gunsteren. Frankfurt: Buchergild Gutenberg, 2006. Book Club edition., 2006-2007   
Book, Foreign, Dr. Sex, tr. Dirk van Gunsteren. Munich: DTV, 2007. The Inner Circle, paperback edition., 2006-2007   
Book, Foreign, The Inner Circle. Athens: Empiria, 2007., 2006-2007   
Book, Foreign, Talk Talk. London: Bloomsbury, 2007. English paper edition., 2006-2007   
Book, Foreign, Le Cercle des Inities, tr. Bernard Turle. Paris: Grasset, 2007., 2006-2007   
Book, Foreign, Talk Talk, tr. Bernard Turle. Paris: Grasset, 2007., 2006-2007   
Book, Foreign, Uzderas Ratas, tr. Jovitra Liukute. Vilnius: Alma Litteraria, 2007. (The Inner Circle.), 2006-2007   
Book, Foreign, Talk Talk, tr. Gerda Baardman & Tjadine Stheeman. Amsterdam: Anthos, 2007. Paper., 2006-2007   
Book, U.S., Talk Talk. New York: Penguin, 2007. Mass-market paperback., 2006-2007   
Book, U.S., Talk Talk. New York: Penguin, 2007. Trade paperback., 2006-2007   
Book, U.S., Talk Talk. Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2007. Large print edition., 2006-2007   
Film, Foreign, "Das Sinkende Haus," directed by Sara Heinen. (German-language short based on "The Sinking House."), 2006-2007   
Film, Foreign, "Die Grosse Werkstatt," directed by Uwe Nagel. Kurzbilm, Arte TV. (Half-hour German-language film aired in August, 2007, based on "The Big Garage.", 2006-2007   
Film, U.S., "Chicxulub," directed by Malona Voight. (Short based on "Chicxulub."), 2006-2007   
Periodical, U.S., "Balto," The Paris Review #179, Winter, 2006. Fiction., 2006-2007   
Periodical, U.S., "Hands On," The Kenyon Review, Summer, 2007. Fiction, 2006-2007   
Periodical, U.S., "To Pump Or Not To Pump," New York Times, 4/30, 2007. Op.Ed. essay., 2006-2007   
Periodical, U.S., "Admiral," Harper's, October, 2007. Fiction., 2006-2007   
Periodical, U.S., "Sin Dolor," The New Yorker, October 15, 2007. Fiction., 2006-2007   
 
 

Honors and Awards

USC Distinguished Professor, 8/15/2006-  
Earphones Award from AudioFile Magazine for narration of Wild Child, 2010, 2010-2011   
Induction into American Academy of Arts and Letters, 2009-2010   
Best American Stories Selection, "Admiral", 2008-2009   
Audie Prize, 2007, for best audio narration by an author ("The Tortilla Curtain," Blackstone Audio., 2006-2007   
Best American Stories Selection, 2007 ("Balto," from The Paris Review)., 2006-2007   
Commonwealth Club of California's Silver Medal in Literature, 76th Annual Awards, 2007. ("Talk Talk."), 2006-2007   
Evil Companions Literary Award from the Denver Public Library, 2007. ("Talk Talk."), 2006-2007   
Founder's Award, Santa Barbara Writers' Conference, 2006, for body of work., 2006-2007   
National Magazine Award in Fiction, 2007 ("Wild Child," from McSweeney's)., 2006-2007   
Ross Macdonald Award for body of work by a California writer, 2007., 2006-2007   
Best American Stories Selection, 2004 ("Tooth and Claw," from The New Yorker)., 2004-2005   
O.Henry Award, 2003 ("Swept Away," from The New Yorker)., 2003-2004   
'Drop City' listed as a "Best Book of 2003" by Los Angeles Times Book Review, 2003  
Editors' Choice, New York Times Book Review, "Drop City" named as one of the nine best books of the year., 2003  
National Book Award Finalist, "Drop City," 2003., 2003  
The Southern California Booksellers' Prize for best fiction book of the year, 2002 ("After the Plague")., 2002-2003   
O. Henry Award, 2001 ("The Love of My Life," from The New Yorker)., 2000-2001   
O. Henry Award, 1999 ("The Underground Gardens," from The New Yorker)., 1999-2000   
Recipient of National or International Prize in Discipline, The Bernard Malamud Prize in Short Fiction from the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, 1999 ("T.C. Boyle Stories, Volume I of the Collected Stories)., 1999-2000   
Best American Stories Selection, 1997 ("Killing Babies," from The New Yorker)., 1997-1998   
Recipient of National or International Prize in Discipline, Prix Medicis Etranger, Paris, for best novel of the year ("The Tortilla Curtain")., 1997-1998   
Recipient of National or International Prize in Discipline, Howard D. Vursell Memorial Award from the National Academy of Arts and Letters, for prose excellence, 1993., 1993-1994   
Doctor of Humane Letters Honorary Degree, State University of New York, 1991., 1991-1992   
Editors' Choice, New York Times Book Review, one of 13 best books of the year, 1989 (If the River Was Whiskey)., 1989-1990   
O. Henry Award, 1989 ("The Ape Lady in Retirement," from The Paris Review., 1989-1990   
PEN Center West Literary Prize, best short story collection of the year, 1989 (If the River Was Whiskey)., 1989-1990   
Recipient of National or International Prize in Discipline, Prix Passion Publishers' Prize, France, for best novel of the year, 1989 (Water Music)., 1989-1990   
Commonwealth Club of California's Gold Medal for Literature, best novel of the year, 57th Annual Awards, 1988 (World's End)., 1988-1989   
O. Henry Award, 1988 ("Sinking House," from The Atlantic)., 1988-1989   
Guggenheim Fellowship Recipient, 1988  
Recipient of National or International Prize in Discipline, PEN/Faulkner Novel of the Year Award for World's End, 1988  
Editors' Choice, New York Times Book Review, one of 16 best books of the year, 1987 (World's End)., 1987-1988   
Commonwealth Club of California's Silver Medal in Literature, 55th Annual Awards, 1986 (Greasy Lake)., 1986-1987   
Recipient of National or International Prize in Discipline, The Paris Review's John Train Humor Prize, 1984 ("The Hector Quesadilla Story"). , 1984-1985   
Recipient of National or International Prize in Discipline, National Endowment for the Arts Grant, 1977., 1983-1984   
Recipient of National or International Prize in Discipline, The Paris Review's Aga Khan Prize for Fiction, 1981 ("Mungo Among the Moors")., 1981-1982   
Recipient of National or International Prize in Discipline, St. Lawrence Award for Fiction, best short-story collection of the years, 1980 (Descent of Man)., 1979-1980   
Recipient of National or International Prize in Discipline, National Endowment for the Arts Grant, 1977., 1976-1977   
Recipient of National or International Prize in Discipline, Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines Fiction Award for the Short Story, 1977., 1976-1977   
 

Service to the Profession

Administrative Appointments

Some twenty-five public appearances in support of The Women in the U.S. and Germany; The New Yorker Festival; the L.A. Times Book Festival; the PEN West benefit at the Actors Gang; city- and university-wide community reads of The Tortilla Curtain and World's End., 2009-2010   
Public Performances: Swarthmore, Foothill College, Champlain College, The New Yorker Festival, UCLA and the L.A. Times Book Festival., 2008-2009   
 
 
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