Dwight Garner

Dwight Garner (born 1965) is an American journalist and a longtime writer and editor for the New York Times. In 2008, he was named a book critic for the newspaper. His reviews appear on Tuesdays.

Dwight Garner
Born (1965-01-08) January 8, 1965 (age 55)[citation needed]
Fairmont, West Virginia, U.S.
OccupationWriter, journalist
Alma materMiddlebury College
GenreCriticism, non-fiction

Journalism and writingEdit

Garner's previous post at The New York Times was as senior editor of The New York Times Book Review, where he worked from 1999 to 2008. He was a founding editor of Salon.com,[1] where he worked from 1995 to 1998. His monthly column in Esquire magazine[2] was a finalist for the National Magazine Award in 2017.[3]

His essays and journalism have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Harper's Magazine, The Times Literary Supplement, the Oxford American, Slate, The Village Voice, the Boston Phoenix, The Nation,[1] and elsewhere. For several years he wrote the program notes for Lincoln Center's American Songbook Series. He has served on the board of the National Book Critic's Circle. In a January 2011 column for Slate, the journalist Timothy Noah called Garner a "highly gifted critic" who had reinvigorated The New York Times's literary coverage, and likened him to Anatole Broyard and John Leonard.[4]

Garner wrote a biweekly column for the New York Times called American Beauties, which focused on under-sung American books of the past 75 years. His championing of certain titles—including The Collected Novels of Charles Wright [5] and On Fire by Larry Brown [6]—helped return them to print. For Esquire, Garner played in the 2017 World Backgammon Championship in Monaco.[7] He is a member of the Organ Meat Society.[8]

Early life and workEdit

Garner was born in Fairmont, West Virginia[9] and grew up in that state and in Naples, Florida. Garner graduated from Middlebury College, where he majored in American literature.[10] While in college, he wrote book criticism for The Village Voice, music and theater criticism for the Vanguard Press, a Burlington, Vermont alternative weekly, and was a stringer for The New York Times.

After his graduation from college, Garner was a reporter for The Addison Independent. He then became the arts editor of Vermont Times, a new alternative weekly in Burlington. He also became a contributing editor to the Boston Phoenix. In the 1990s Garner was a columnist for the Hungry Mind Review. After moving to New York City in 1994, he worked for one year as an associate editor at Harper's Bazaar [11] under the editorship of Liz Tilberis.

Garner lives in New York City. He is married to Cree LeFavour,[12] author of the memoir Lights On, Rats Out[13][14] and several acclaimed cookbooks.[15] He is the author of Read Me: A Century of Classic American Book Advertisements.[16]


  1. ^ a b Author bio Archived October 21, 2012, at the Wayback Machine at HarperCollins
  2. ^ "Dwight Garner". Esquire.
  3. ^ https://asme.magazine.org/about-asme/pressroom/asme-press-releases/asme/ellies-2017-finalists-announced
  4. ^ Noah, Timothy (January 7, 2011). "I Like Dwight". Slate. Retrieved December 24, 2013.
  5. ^ Garner, Dwight (February 23, 2017). "The Pleasures of a Writer Who Was 'Richard Pryor on Paper'". NYTimes.com.
  6. ^ Garner, Dwight (June 1, 2017). "'On Fire' Makes Bad Habits Sound Very Sweet". NYTimes.com.
  7. ^ Garner, Dwight (April 3, 2019). "How I Won the War Against Regret Playing Backgammon in Monte Carlo". Esquire.
  8. ^ "Cocktails & Carnage: The Organ Meat Society". Roads & Kingdoms. December 19, 2013.
  9. ^ Garner, Dwight (August 12, 2010). "The Greenbrier Resort Hopes to Preserve Its Past". The New York Times. Retrieved December 24, 2013.
  10. ^ Podhaizer, Suzanne (January 9, 2008). "Cooking the Books". Seven Days. Retrieved December 24, 2013.
  11. ^ Garner, Dwight. "Dwight Garner | Harper's Magazine". harpers.org.
  12. ^ "20 More Cookbooks". The New York Times. June 1, 2008. Retrieved December 24, 2013.
  13. ^ "Lights On, Rats Out | Grove Atlantic". groveatlantic.com.
  14. ^ Merkin, Daphne (July 24, 2017). "An Odyssey Through Self-Harm and Out the Other Side". NYTimes.com.
  15. ^ http://www.creelefavour.com/cree/
  16. ^ "Read Me: A Century of Classic American Book Advertisements" at Amazon.

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