Ben Dolnick

Ben Dolnick (born 1982) is an American fiction writer and author of the novels Zoology (2007), You Know Who You Are (2011), and At the Bottom of Everything: A Novel (2013).

Ben Dolnick
Dolnick at the 2013 Texas Book Festival
Dolnick at the 2013 Texas Book Festival
Born1982 (age 37–38)
Chevy Chase, Maryland
Alma materColumbia University
RelativesLynn Golden Dolnick (mother)
Edward Dolnick (father)
Ruth Sulzberger Holmberg (grandmother)
Arthur Golden (uncle)
Arthur Hays Sulzberger (great-grandfather)
Dave Golden (cousin)


Ben Dolnick was born and raised in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He is the son of Lynn Iphigene (née Golden) and Edward Dolnick; and a nephew of Arthur Golden, author of Memoirs of a Geisha.[1] Through his mother's side he is a member of the Ochs-Sulzberger family, publishers of The New York Times.[2][3] He attended Georgetown Day School and went on to receive his undergraduate degree from Columbia University, and has worked as a "zookeeper at the Central Park Zoo. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

The New York Times has been criticized for printing an article by Dolnick, promoting his novels, without taking into account the conflict of interest resulting from his mother being on the paper's board of directors.[1]


  • Zoology. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. 2007. ISBN 978-0-307-38654-0.
  • You Know Who You Are. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. 2011. ISBN 978-0-307-74200-1.
  • At the Bottom of Everything: A Novel. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. 2013. ISBN 978-0-307-90799-8.
  • The Ghost Notebooks, 2018


  1. ^ a b "Times Has a Zoo of a Conflict". New York Post. June 29, 2007. Retrieved 2015-04-09.
  2. ^ Dolnick, Edward (September 2, 2008). "Fish or Foul?". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-04-09.
  3. ^ New York Magazine: "Children of the Times - Who’s who in the Ochs-Sulzberger clan" retrieved September 27, 2015