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Alan Furst was born and raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. An only child with older parents, he wandered alone or with friends around New York and learned to love the city and its people. He attended Oberlin College, mistakenly majoring in English, too late discovering anthropology, the proper major for a writer. After graduating, he drove a taxi in New York and wrote poetry, eventually finding work as a teaching assistant in English at the Pennsylvania State University, which led to an MA, a never-to-be-finished PhD and a Fulbright teaching fellowship at the Université de Montpellier in southern France.

Returning to America, he went to Seattle, wanting to be away from the East Coast. In Seattle, he wrote copy for ad agencies, a well-paid freelancer supported by creative directors who liked his first novel, "Your Day in the Barrel," published by Atheneum—a book by a writer who wrote well but had nothing to write about, so he wrote a murder mystery. Three more novels followed, one worse than the last—two mysteries and a contemporary spy novel.

Moving to Bainbridge Island, he began to write for magazines, Esquire in particular, political travel pieces that foreshadowed his novels of Europe in the 1930s. Wanting to change everything, he moved full-time to Paris (and remained there for seven years), writing Night Soldiers, his first historical espionage novel, which was published by Houghton Mifflin. Publishers Weekly said of it,

He now lives in an old house in Sag Harbor, at the eastern end of Long Island.

The novels—really one very long book with, to date, 12 chapters—are "Night Soldiers," "Dark Star," "The Polish Officer," "The World At Night," "Red Gold," "Kingdom of Shadows," "Blood of Victory," "Dark Voyage," "The Foreign Correspondent," "The Spies of Warsaw," "Spies of the Balkans" and "Mission to Paris." "Kingdom of Shadows" was the first of these books to appear on the New York Times bestseller list; the subsequent books appeared there as well. "The Spies of Warsaw" is a BBC television production, which was shown in the fall of 2012.

Alan Furst’s novels have been translated into 18 languages. In 2011 he received the Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award, a literary prize for a body of work.

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Alan Furst Biography

Alan Furst was born and raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. An only child with older parents, he wandered alone or with friends around New York and learned to love the city and its people. He attended Oberlin College, mistakenly majoring in English, too late discovering anthropology, the proper major for a writer. After graduating, he drove a taxi in New York and wrote poetry, eventually finding work as a teaching assistant in English at the Pennsylvania State University, which led to an MA, a never-to-be-finished PhD and a Fulbright teaching fellowship at the Université de Montpellier in southern France.

Returning to America, he went to Seattle, wanting to be away from the East Coast. In Seattle, he wrote copy for ad agencies, a well-paid freelancer supported by creative directors who liked his first novel, "Your Day in the Barrel," published by Atheneum—a book by a writer who wrote well but had nothing to write about, so he wrote a murder mystery. Three more novels followed, one worse than the last—two mysteries and a contemporary spy novel.

Moving to Bainbridge Island, he began to write for magazines, Esquire in particular, political travel pieces that foreshadowed his novels of Europe in the 1930s. Wanting to change everything, he moved full-time to Paris (and remained there for seven years), writing Night Soldiers, his first historical espionage novel, which was published by Houghton Mifflin. Publishers Weekly said of it,

He now lives in an old house in Sag Harbor, at the eastern end of Long Island.

The novels—really one very long book with, to date, 12 chapters—are "Night Soldiers," "Dark Star," "The Polish Officer," "The World At Night," "Red Gold," "Kingdom of Shadows," "Blood of Victory," "Dark Voyage," "The Foreign Correspondent," "The Spies of Warsaw," "Spies of the Balkans" and "Mission to Paris." "Kingdom of Shadows" was the first of these books to appear on the New York Times bestseller list; the subsequent books appeared there as well. "The Spies of Warsaw" is a BBC television production, which was shown in the fall of 2012.

Alan Furst’s novels have been translated into 18 languages. In 2011 he received the Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award, a literary prize for a body of work.

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    Booking fees for Alan Furst, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Alan Furst, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Alan Furst?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Alan Furst for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Alan Furst for your next private or corporate function.
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