Jason Roberts grew up in Southern California and Hawaii, the son of a photographer and actress. A former journalist and technologist, he has since garnered acclaim for his work in both fiction and narrative nonfiction. In 2004, he was the inaugural winner of the Van Zorn Prize, awarded by Michael Chabon for the best short fiction exemplifying the tradition of Edgar Allan Poe. His 2006 book A Sense of the World, the first biography of the blind traveller James Holman, was a national bestseller, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. He lives in Sausalito, California, and is a board member of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley and a managing partner of The Grotto.
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