About the Author
Chuck Klosterman, a native of Wyndmere, North Dakota, in a New York Times bestselling author of seven books. His debut book in 2001, Fargo Rock City, was the winner of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award.
Klosterman was the featured author in a Read North Dakota event held at Bismarck State College in April 2012. Click here to enjoy the broadcast of his hour-long conversation with the audience about his writing, career, and newest book, The Visible Man (2011, Scribners).
Born June 5, 1972, in Breckenridge, Minnesota, Klosterman grew up in Wyndmere, North Dakota. A graduate of the University of North Dakota where he was editor of The Dakota Student newspaper, he became a journalist and art critic, moving to New York City in 2002. He has written for Esquire, GQ, The New York Times Magazine, The Believer, and The Washington Post, Spin, and Grantland.com, focusing on American popular culture, particularly sports and rock music.
Fargo Rock City: A Heavy Metal Odyssey in Rural North Dakota (2001)
Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story (2005)
Sex,Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto (2003)
Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas (2006)
Eating the Dinosaur (2009)
Downtown Owl: A Novel (2008)
The Visible Man (2011)
"It's tempting to compare this novel with Sherwood Anderson's classic portrait of small-town American life, Winesburg, Ohio. But no one in Winesburg listened to Ozzy Osbourne. And Klosterman is much funnier than Anderson." -- The Washington Post
Set in the mythical town of Owl in southeastern North Dakota, Klosterman's first novel (2008) unveils life for high school students and the adults who teach, coach, and raise them in the 1980s. Historically accurate events like the 1983 shootout at Medina, North Dakota, in which two federal officers were killed as they attempted to arrest Gordon Kahl, and the deadly blizzard in the winter of 1984 that killed 22 people in North Dakota and Minnesota, help ground the novel firmly in the region's history and culture. Like Klosterman's nonfiction works, the author finds humor, irony, and tragedy as an observor of human interaction and laces his narrative with references to the landscape of pop culture he knows so well: rock music, sports, and media.