Crosley is the author of The New York Times bestselling essay collections, I Was Told There'd Be Cake (2008), How Did You Get This Number (2010) and the e-book Up The Down Volcano (2011). She served as editor of The Best American Travel Writing series (2011) and has contributed to a variety of anthologies. She is featured in The 50 Funniest American Writers: An Anthology of Humor from Mark Twain to The Onion (2011) and The Best American Nonrequired Reading (2011). I Was Told There'd Be Cake was a finalist for The Thurber Prize for American Humor. Sloane's debut novel, The Clasp (2015), is a comedy of manners about three estranged friends and one famous short story.
Sloane's work has appeared in Esquire, GQ, Playboy, Elle, W, The New York Times Book Review, New York Magazine, The Believer, The Guardian and National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." She was the inaugural columnist for The New York Times Op-Ed "Townies" series. She has been a frequent contributor to The New York Times, The Village Voice, The New York Observer, and is currently a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Interview Magazine. In 2011, she wrote a weekly column for The Independent in the UK. Her fiction has appeared in McSweeney's and Esopus. She also co-authored Read Bottom Up (2015), using the pen name, Skye Chatham.
In 2011, she created sadstuffonthestreet.com with her friend Greg Larson. It's more or less what it sounds like.
In 2013, she taught in Columbia University's MFA program. Prior to writing full time, Sloane spent twelve years working in book publishing. She currently serves on the board of Housingworks Used Bookstore and is a co-chair of The Young Lions Committee at The New York Public Library.
Sloane Crosley's website
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How did this book come to be?
While I was moving in Manhattan, I managed to brilliantly lock myself out of two separate apartments two, count them, two on the same day. Since moving from walk-up to walk-up in New York is already one of those infamously difficult tasks that really shouldnt be difficult, I thought that having the same epic struggle within a 12-hour period was a good story. So I typed up what was essentially a play-by-play about the experience and sent it to some friends over e-mail, including an editor at The Village Voice. He worked with me on editing it, cleaning it up, and making it a larger story. And I found that I loved doing it and it worked. So he printed the piece and I started writing regularly for The Voice, followed by other places. Before that, I had only written longer fiction and suddenly I found myself enamored with the other side. Writing the essays specifically for I Was Told There'd Be Cake was such a wonderfully fun experience. With a book, you have the room take yourself out for a spin. You can let each essay take its own shape and to really tell a story over time. Whereas writing 800 words for a newspaper or magazine can be a bit like speed dating.
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