Joshua Cohen

Joshua Cohen

Joshua Cohen was born in 1980 in Atlantic City. His books include the novels Moving KingsBook of NumbersWitzA Heaven of Others, and Cadenza for the Schneidermann Violin Concerto, the short fiction collection Four New Messages, and the nonfiction collection Attention: Dispatches from a Land of Distraction. His web-based project, PCKWCK, the world’s first live-streamed, live-written novel, involved the participation of nearly two million Internet users across the globe. Called “a major American writer” by The New York Times, and “an extraordinary prose stylist, surely one of the most prodigious at work in American fiction today” by The New Yorker, Cohen was awarded the 2013 Matanel Prize for Jewish Writers, and in 2017 was named one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists. According to Harold Bloom, “Call it Sleep by Henry Roth, Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West, Sabbath’s Theater by Philip Roth, and [Joshua Cohen’s] Book of Numbers are the four best books by Jewish writers in America.”

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