Victor LaValle is the award-winning author of slapboxing with jesus (Vintage, 1999), The Ecstatic (Crown, 2002), Big Machine (Spiegel & Grau, 2009), Lucretia and the Kroons (Spiegel & Grau, 2012), The Devil in Silver (Spiegel & Grau, 2012), and The Ballad of Black Tom (, 2016). 

His forthcoming novel, The Changeling, will be published by Spiegel & Grau in June 2017. He has been awarded the American Book Award, the Ernest J. Gaines Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship among others. He teaches writing at Columbia University and lives in New York with his family.