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M.T. Anderson


M.T. Anderson is an award-winning writer who has written a wide variety of books, including fantasy and satire for a range of ages. Anderson grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts. He was educated in English literature at Harvard University and Cambridge University, and went on to receive his MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University.

Before becoming a writer, Anderson held several other jobs, some of which he has used as inspiration for his writing. He worked as a burger flipper, a department store cashier and a radio DJ. His previous novels include Thirsty, a vampire novel, Burger Wuss, a fast food revenge book and Feed, a futuristic satirical novel. Feed was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Boston/Globe Horn Book Award and winner of the L.A. Times Book Award for YA fiction in 2003.

Anderson’s Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich  and the Siege of Leningrad was a Finalist for the 2016 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. His latest book, The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge, illustrated by Eugene Yelchin (2017 SCTBF) is a 2018 National Book Award Finalist and received starred reviews from Booklist, Horn Book, Publisher’s Weekly, and Kirkus. 

Both The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation; v. 1: The Pox Party and its sequel, The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. 2: The Kingdom on the Waves, were named Michael J. Printz Award honor books by the American Library Association.

When he is not writing, M.T. Anderson enjoys traveling to exotic places and seeing the ruins of ancient cities. A lover of both music and fried foods, his idea of heaven would be a harpsichord recital where they serve funnel cakes. M.T. Anderson currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

Learn more about M.T. Anderson on his website



The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge
Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation
Landscape with Invisible Hand
Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad
Whales on Stilts! (A Pals in Peril Tale)
Yvain: The Knight of the Lion
Burger Wuss
Octavian Nothing Traitor to The Nation

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