Agent: Jonathan Lyons of Curtis Brown, Ltd.
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Home page: www.brianjayjones.com
New York Times bestselling biographer Brian Jay Jones spent nearly two decades as
a public policy analyst and speechwriter, before turning to biography full-time in 2007.
He presently serves as president of Biographers International Organization.
Brian’s most recent book, Jim Henson: The Biography (Ballantine, 2013) was a New
York Times bestseller, and chosen as the Best Biography of 2013 by Goodreads, as
well as one of the year’s Top Ten books by CNN viewers. The first full-length
biography of the iconic creator of the Muppets, Jim Henson: The Biography was hailed
as “illuminating” (The Atlantic), “insightful” (Parade), “masterful” (Kirkus) and
“compulsively readable” (The AV Club).
Brian’s first book, Washington Irving (Arcade, 2008), was praised as the definitive
biography of American literature’s first popular author and pop culture icon. The
Associated Press deemed it “authoritative,” the Washington Post called it, “engaging,
clearly written, and well researched,” while the New York Times summed it up simply
as “charming.” Which pretty much made his year.
In 2010, Brian was awarded the St. Nicholas Society of New York’s Washington Irving
Medal for Literary Excellence, joining David McCullough, Ron Chernow, Christopher
Buckley, and William Zinsser on the list of medal recipients.
Born in the Midwest and raised in the Southwest, Brian has a degree in English
literature from the University of New Mexico, which he immediately parlayed into a
brief career as a manager of a comic book store before getting into politics and writing.
He now lives in Maryland with his wife and daughter and a very excitable dog.
Interests: Biographies, 18th and 19th century history, old jazz and blues, Batman comics, the
films of the Marx Brothers and Charlie Chaplin, and anything having to do with the
Published writer: Yes