Bruce Holsinger is a fiction writer and literary scholar based in Charlottesville, Va., and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is the author most recently of "The Gifted School," hailed by The New York Times as "a suspenseful, laugh-out-loud page-turner and an incisive inspection of privilege, race and class" and by The Wall Street Journal as the “novel that predicted the college admissions scandal." "The Gifted School" has been optioned for television by NBC/Universal and is currently in development. His previous books include "A Burnable Book" and "The Invention of Fire," award-winning historical novels published by William Morrow. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The Washington Post, Slate and many other publications. His work has been featured several times on NPR, most recently on Morning Edition with Renee Montagne.
Since 2005 he has taught in the Department of English at the University of Virginia, where he specializes in medieval literature and modern critical thought and serves as editor of the quarterly journal New Literary History. His nonfiction books have won major awards from the Modern Language Association, the Medieval Academy of America and the American Musicological Society, and his academic work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies.