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

Hardcover, audiobook, & electronic formats also available


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, and The Southern Review. 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 with the support of a 2024 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Books by Chris McCormick


The gimmicks

A novel published by Harper in 2020.


"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.


"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


Chris McCormick is a fiscal year 2023 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 from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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Essays & Stories


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

You can also reach out to the author directly at his faculty profile page at MNSU.

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