Teddy Wayne’s debut novel, Kapitoil, (Harper Perennial, 2010) tells the story of a young computer programmer from Qatar hired by a Wall Street firm to help prepare for the Y2K bug and who, while finding his way in millennial New York City, attempts to parse the language and culture of his new life. The novel was a finalist for both the 2011 New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award and the 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and a runner-up to the 2011 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. The Whiting judges took delight in Mr. Wayne’s “sleight of hand, the intelligence behind the voice, its perfect pitch.” He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Time, Esquire, and The Wall Street Journal, and he has a regular column in McSweeney’s. A graduate of Harvard and Washington University in St. Louis, where he taught fiction and creative non-fiction writing, Mr.Wayne now lives in New York.
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