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Steven  Rowley

Steven Rowley

Bestselling Author & Screenwriter


Steven Rowley is the bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus, a Washington Post Notable Book of 2016, The Editor, named by NPR and Esquire magazine as one of the Best Books of 2019, and The Guncle, a Goodreads Choice Awards finalist for 2021 Novel of the Year and a 2023 finalist for the Thurber Prize in American Humor. His latest book, The Celebrants, will be published in May 2023. His fiction has been published in 20 languages. Read More >

Lily and the Octopus is in development as a feature film at Amazon Studios. The Editor was optioned by Twentieth Century for producer Greg Berlanti. Feature film rights for The Guncle have been picked up by Lionsgate. Rowley has worked as a freelance writer, newspaper columnist and screenwriter. Originally from Portland, Maine, he is a graduate of Emerson College and currently resides in Palm Springs with his husband, the writer Byron Lane. Read Less ^

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THE GUNCLE by Steven Rowley | Cover Reveal

"Guncle Rules" | Steven Rowley

Steven Rowley reads from THE EDITOR | Book Your Summer Live

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An Evening with Steven Rowley

A gifted storyteller whose full of heart and flat-out funny, Steven dives into many themes of his books and his personal journey in an in-depth conversation and Q&A session. His books include: Read More >

The Guncle: A warm and deeply funny novel about a once-famous gay sitcom star whose unexpected family tragedy leaves him with his niece and nephew for the summer. It’s a moving tribute to the power of love, patience and family in even the most trying of times.

Lily and the Octopus: A novel about finding that special someone to share your life with. For Ted Flask, that someone is Lily, and she happens to be a dog. This novel reminds us how to love fiercely, how difficult it can be to let go and how the fight for those we love is the greatest fight of all.

The Editor: A funny, poignant, and highly original novel about an author whose relationship with his very famous book editor will change him forever—as both a writer and a son.

The Celebrants: A deeply honest tribute to selfhood and the people who keep us going, coupled with Steven’s signature humor and heart, The Celebrants is a moving tale about the false invincibility of youth and all the beautiful ways that friendship can transcend our deepest losses. Read Less ^