Daniel Asa Rose

Daniel Asa Rose, award-winning memoirist, novelist, travel essayist, and editor, was born in Brooklyn and graduated from Brown University. He published his first short story in The New Yorker when he was 27 and won an O. Henry Prize and two Pen Fiction Awards for the stories in his first collection, Small Family with Rooster. His first novel, Flipping for It, a black comedy about divorce, was a New York Times New and Noteworthy Paperback.  In 2002, he published Hiding Places: A Father and his Sons Retrace Their Family’s Escape From the Holocaust, a non-fiction saga that intermingles a taut current-day search for the hiding places that saved his family in World War II with memories of the author’s own hiding places growing up in WASP 1950s Connecticut.


Five years ago Daniel traveled to China to procure an illegal kidney for his dying cousin, an experience he wrote about in his latest book, Larry’s Kidbey: Being the True Story of How I Found Myself in China With my Black-Sheep Cousin and his Mail-Order Bride, Skirting the Law to Get Him a Transplant…and Save His Life, which garnered rave reviews around the country for using humor to tackle a dead serious subject.


His journalism has been translated into 11 languages, not including the erotic women’s memoirs he ghostwrites on the side or the eulogy for his ex-father-in-law that won the SPOW Award (best obituary from The Society of Professional Obituary Writers). Formerly writer-in-residence at WestConn’s MFA program in writing and editor of the international literary magazine The Reading Room, he has served as reviewer for The New York Times Book Review, essayist for The New York Times Magazine, interviewer for The Washington Post Book World, arts & culture editor of the Forward newspaper, travel columnist for Esquire magazine, humor writer for GQ, and food critic for the past 20 pounds.