Cynthia Swanson: Biography

Cynthia Swanson

Cynthia Swanson is the American author of The Bookseller. Swanson majored in English after changing the focus of her degree from Architecture in her junior year. Before writing her first novel, The Bookseller, Swanson was working as a mid-century designer.

The Bookseller was published by HarperCollins in March 2015 and was critically acclaimed from the offset. It has now been translated into more than 10 different languages and has been sold in dozens of different countries. It was nomination for a Goodreads Choice Award in the category of historical fiction and was shortlisted for the Colorado Authors’ League 2015 Award.

Swanson is from Denver, and has chosen her home town as the setting for her first novel, Swanson has said in interviews that she is very sentimental about Denver, and this is easy to see throughout the novel, it almost takes on the role of a character in its own right. Although the book was initially going to take place in the modern day, Swanson eventually chose to set the book in the 1960s, before the invention of mobile phones and the internet. As soon as she made this choice, her background as a mid-century designer kicked in. Her expertise in mid-century fashion, design and architecture, can easily be seen as inspiration throughout the novel.

When she isn’t writing or designing, Cynthia Swanson enjoys reading, skiing, gardening, hiking and urban farming. She lives with her husband and children in Denver, Colorado.