George Harrar is a fiction writer whose short stories have appeared in a dozen literary magazines. “The 5:22” won Story Magazine’s Carson McCullers Prize and was selected for the 1999 edition of Best American Short Stories. His first novel, First Tiger (Permanent Press), debuted in 1999 and was followed in 2003 by his literary mystery The Spinning Man (Penguin Putnam), described by The New York Times as “elegant and unnerving.” His fiction for young adult and middle-grade readers includes Not As Crazy As I Seem and The Wonder Kid from Houghton Mifflin, and Parents Wanted and The Trouble With Jeremy Chance from Milkweed Editions.

Harrar grew up in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania and graduated from New York University. He worked as a journalist for many years, writing and editing on several newpapers and magazines. He lives now in Wayland, Massachusetts, with his wife, Linda, a documentary filmmaker whose work has appeared on PBS, Discovery, and Turner channels. They have one son, Anthony, the model for the protagonist in Parents Wanted.



Carson McCullers Prize for the Short Story, Story Magazine
Best American Short Stories, 1999
Milkweed Prize for Children’s Literature
Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation grant for prose
Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Book List
First Prize, Wellspring short fiction
Certificate of Merit, Science Documentary, Chicago Film Festival
Honorable Mention, Conservation Film, Outdoor Writers of America


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