The Gimmicks, by Chris McCormick, is now in paperback.

Hardcover, audiobook, & electronic formats also available

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About the Author

Chris McCormick is the author of a novel, The Gimmicks (Harper, 2020), a New York Times Editors' Choice, and a short story collection, Desert Boys, winner of the 2017 Stonewall Book Award—Barbara Gittings Literature Award. His essays and stories have appeared in The Atlantic, the Los Angeles Times, Tin House, and Ploughshares. The son of an Armenian mother and an American father, he grew up in the Antelope Valley on the California side of the Mojave Desert before earning his BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and his MFA from the University of Michigan. He is Associate Professor in the creative writing program at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and is at work on his next book.

The gimmicks

A novel published by Harper in 2020.

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"A debut of rare depth and brilliance"

—Booklist (starred)

"Heartrending ... with enormous scope and heart" —ShelfAwareness

"Too fantastic not to wish it were true"

—Entertainment Weekly

New York Times Editors' Choice

Desert Boys

A short story collection published by Picador in 2016.

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"Bold and intoxicating" — Booklist

"Achingly good" — Kirkus (starred)

"A lovely, quiet book by a promising new voice" — Publishers Weekly

Winner of the Stonewall Book Award from the American Library Association

Books by Chris McCormick

 
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Upcoming Events

Chris McCormick is a fiscal year 2021 recipient of a Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Launching THE GIMMICKS at Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, Michigan, January 2020.

Essays & Stories

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On the Armenian Diaspora in Glendale, California, for The Atlantic.

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"Mother, Godfather, Baby, Priest" in The Offing, about home and memory

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"On Mentorship: Remembering Bharati Mukherjee" for Powell's

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"Shelter" in LitHub, about friendship in the desert

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On being half-Armenian in an Armenian language course in college, for Tin House

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On writing The Gimmicks, for The Rumpus

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Contact

Chris McCormick is represented by Julia Kardon of HG Literary in New York, NY.

You can also reach out via email to the author directly at