Get to know John Kenney

John Kenney is the author of two novels and four books of poetry, including LOVE POEMS FOR MARRIED PEOPLE. His first novel, TRUTH IN ADVERTISING, won the Thurber Prize for American humor. The book was optioned and Kenney wrote the screenplay. Ryan Reynolds was attached to the film as was Notting Hill director Roger Michell. He is also the author of Talk to Me, also a starred Kirkus review. He is a long-time contributor to The New Yorker magazine’s Shouts & Murmurs. He lives in Larchmont, NY, with his wife, Lissa, and two children.

His book,I SEE YOU'VE CALLED IN DEAD, will be published April 1, 2025 by Zibby Books.

Hometown

Boston

Fun fact

I worked on the archeological dig of King Herod The Great’s Winter Palace in Jericho. (I can’t be 100 percent sure but I think I found his house keys.)

Favorite author

Impossible question. Names that easily come to mind: Alice McDermott. Don Delillo. Richard Ford. Patty Marx. J.D. Salinger.

Favorite place in the world

Home with the family.

Favorite place to read

The Rose Main Reading Room of the New York Public Library. Although I am no longer let in, as apparently they have a strict policy against nudity.

Books by John Kenney

Sometimes I feel like just going out and, I don’t know, stealing a traffic cone and putting it on my head and saying, ‘Look at me! I’m a giant witch!’

Alan Partridge