Garth Risk Hallberg

Garth Risk Hallberg (born November 1978) is an American author. His debut novel is City on Fire.[1]

Garth Risk Hallberg
BornNovember 1978
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
OccupationAuthor, writer
Notable worksCity on Fire (2015)

He was born outside Baton Rouge, Louisiana and grew up in Greenville, North Carolina. He received a degree in English from Washington University in St. Louis in 2001 where he met Elise White, his future wife. She graduated from Washington University in 2000 with degrees in English and African-American studies.[2][3] Both parents were teachers; his father was also a writer. They divorced when Hallberg was 13.[1]

He currently resides in New York City.[4][5][6] He published his first novel, City on Fire in 2015, to criticism and acclaim. His work has also been published in The Millions.[7]


  • A Field Guide to the North American Family (2007)
  • City on Fire (2015)


  1. Brian Appleyard, "Manhattan Project", The Age, "Good Weekend", pp. 20-22
  4. Kakutani, Michiko (5 October 2015). "Review: 'City on Fire,' Garth Risk Hallberg's Novel of New York in the Bad Old Days". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  5. Doherty, Brian (5 October 2015). "The Unprecedented Garth Risk Hallberg". Vulture. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  6. Menand, Louis (12 October 2015). "Review of "City on Fire"". The New Yorker. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  7. "Articles by Garth Risk Hallberg at The Millions". The Millions. Retrieved 7 October 2015.

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