Sloane Crosley

Humor teases the truth out of everyday life.

Author of Look Alive Out There and the Bestselling I Was Told There’d Be Cake

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Sloane Crosley | Author of Look Alive Out There and the Bestselling I Was Told There’d Be Cake
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Sloane Crosley is a witty, urbane voice in American letters. A glittering amalgam of Dorothy Parker and David Sedaris, Crosley writes in a sharp and elegant style that is entirely her own. In her highly anticipated new book of essays, Look Alive Out There, “it is [Crosley’s] willingness to confront some of life’s darker corners with honesty and vulnerability that elevates this collection,” says Publisher’s Weekly. 

Sloane Crosley’s first book, I Was Told There’d Be Cake, is a deceptively feather-light and thoroughly wise comic romp that was an instant New York Times bestseller. Nominated for the Thurber Prize, for best humor book in America, Cake tills the rich comedic soil of disappointments—social, romantic, and professional—to present an indispensable portrait of what it feels like to be young. Her follow-up, How Did You Get This Number, also a bestseller, is a collection of essays about “making it, zanily, in the big city” (The New York Times). Her forthcoming collection, Look Alive Out There, delivers true tales of scaling active volcanoes, crashing shivas, appearing on Gossip Girl, befriending swingers, or squinting down the barrel of the fertility gun. Crosley’s trademark wit and insight is already garnering the collection advance praise. 


“How sure footed and observant Sloane Crosley is. How perfectly, relentlessly funny.”

— David Sedaris

Her first novel,The Clasp, tells the story of friends struggling to fit together now that their lives haven’t gone as planned, and of how to separate the real from the fake. The New York Times calls it “a shrewd ­exploration of the modern-day late-quarter-life crisis, disguised as a ­caper” and a “highly comic, highly affecting novel.” The paperback version arrived June 2016, and a film adaptation has been optioned by Universal Pictures (with Helen Estabrook to produce).Crosley is also the author of a Kindle Single, “Up the Down Volcano,” and edited The Best American Travel Writing 2011. She has contributed stories to GQ, The Village Voice, Teen Vogue, and The New York Times. She is a member of several literary nonprofits, including the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Committee, where she is a board member. Starting with the October issue, Crosley will be on board as a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, succeeding book columnist Elissa Schappell as the publication’s chronicler of “Hot Type.”

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How Did You Get This Number An Evening with Sloane Crosley

In her talks, Sloane Crosley injects a crackling youthful spirit into a proud tradition of female humorists. She whips her post-collegiate adventures—suburban every-girl strikes out on her own in the big city—into a fever pitch of bafflement and hilarity. She discusses her circuitous path to success, the indignities of first jobs, the nostalgia for a youth still freshly remembered, and the effect of pop culture to enhance and obfuscate our memories. Her story, unique yet relatable, is about good intentions gone awry and about stumbling into an uncertain adulthood. With a keen humanity, she finds insight in everyday absurdities, remaking the world into a place pulsing with serendipity, anxiety, and wonder. She’ll have you laughing out loud and nodding in recognition.