Sloane Crosley: Biography

Sloane Crosley

03 aug 1978

Sloane Crosley is an American author who was born in August, 1978. She attended Connecticut College and graduated in 2000. She worked in publishing for a period of 12 years in the publicity department of the Vintage Books imprint at Random House. She then went on to work as a journalist, writing for a huge number of different publications including The New York Times, Elle, NPR, GQ, The New York Observer, Salon, Vogue, Playboy, AFAR and Spin. In 2013, Crosley lectured on the MFA Program at Columbia University.

Crosley’s first book, a collection of essays called I Was Told There’d Be Cake, was published in 2008 by Riverhead Books. It became a New York Times bestseller and was shortlisted for The Thurber prize.

As well as several different collections of essays, Sloane has also written and published a novel. It is titled The Clasp and was published in 2015 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. It tells the story of a group of friends from college who are reunited when they attend a friend’s wedding. Amid all the revelry, the mother of the groom tells them the story of a treasured necklace which went missing in France during the Second World War. The friends embark on a madcap adventure through the United States and across the Pond in a desperate search for the missing jewellery.

Sloane Crosley lives and writes in New York. She co-chairs The Young Lions Committee at the New York Public Library as well as being a serving board member for Housingworks Used Bookstore. She currently works as a contributing editor for the magazines Vanity Fair and Interview Magazine.