Tom Spanbauer grew up on a farm twelve miles outside Pocatello, Idaho. He attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School and Highland High School. In 1969, he received his BA in English literature from Idaho State University. Tom served two years in the Peace Corps in Kenya, East Africa. He returned to Idaho until 1978, when he decided he needed to get out of that state. He moved to New Hampshire, then Vermont, then Key West, Florida. Tom studied at Columbia University while waiting tables at Café Un Deux Trois and Odeon and being a super of five buildings on East Fifth Street. In 1988, he received his MFA in fiction from Columbia. In 1991, Tom settled in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches Dangerous Writing in the basement of his house. Forty (more or less—he’s lost count) of his students have published novels and/or memoirs. His novels include Faraway Places, The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon, In the City of Shy Hunters, and Now is the Hour.
Intelligence, wit, generosity, love, wisdom, insight, humility, guts, heart-crushing truth and spirit-lifting grace—it’s all there in I Loved You More. This is Tom Spanbauer’s wrenching a
- Cheryl Strayed
- Author of Wild
Tom Spanbauer’s first novel in seven years is a rich and expansive tale of love, sex, and heartbreak covering 25 years. At the heart of the book is a love triangle: two men, one woman, all of them writers. The first chapters are set in the mid-80s in New York City. At Columbia, Ben forms a bond...Forward
A taut, brutal narrative … that comes to hypnotize, shimmering like the brilliant sun on the alfalfa fields.
- The New York Times Book Review
It is early 1950s Idaho and the season of the Chinook—a warm February wind that blows across the flat cookie-sheet plains from the wrong direction. It brings arid earth and hard times, marking the end of childhood for thirteen-year-old Jake Weber and the beginning of trouble for his family....Forward
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Congratulations, Tom Spanbauer! I Loved You More included in Tin House’s Best of 2015: Fiction.
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Forty-one books, on subjects ranging from Portland food to lobotomies: that’s the entire...Forward
27th Annual Lambda Literary Award Winners Announced: Congratulations to Tom Spanbauer, Winner of Gay General Fiction for I Loved You More!
All I Love and Know, Judith Frank,...Forward
“WE MUST LOOK INWARD AT THE WILDERNESS.”
I’m always writing things down on slips of paper. One day, I found this quotation on a slip of paper laying on my writing desk. The problem with the quote...Forward
What can a single human being hope to achieve in one lifetime? How do we know our lives have mattered? Is it in the work we do, the people we touch, the love we allow ourselves to experience? To...Forward
If you want an introduction to the work of Tom Spanbauer, one thing you can do is hunt down an author bio. It’ll read something like this: He grew up in Idaho and attended Catholic school, which I’m...Forward
I started working at Hawthorne Books in fall of 2009 and now, 17 books later, I’m proud say that I’ve worked on half of the books that Hawthorne has published since it was founded in 2001....Forward