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R.L. MAIZES was born and raised in Queens, NY. She now lives in Boulder, CO.   Maizes’s short stories have aired on National Public Radio and have appeared in the literary magazines Electric LiteratureWitnessBellevue Literary ReviewSlice, and Blackbird, among others. Her essays have been published in The New York TimesThe Washington PostLilith, and elsewhere. Maizes is an alumna of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Tin House Summer Writer’s Workshop. Her work has received Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train’s Fiction Open contest, has been a finalist in numerous other national contests, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.





Celadon Books - July 23, 2019

In We Love Anderson Cooper, characters are treated as outsiders because of their sexual orientation, racial or religious identity, or simply because they look different. A young man courts the publicity that comes from outing himself at his bar mitzvah. When a painter is shunned because of his appearance, he learns to ink tattoos that come to life. A paranoid Jewish actuary suspects his cat of cheating on him—with his Protestant girlfriend.

In this debut collection, humor complements pathos. Readers will recognize themselves in these stories and in these protagonists, whose backgrounds are vastly different from their own—we’ve all been outsiders at some point.


"I can’t remember the last time I read an entire book with a smile on my face. But from R.L. Maizes’s title, We Love Anderson Cooper, until the last story here, I grinned. These stories are funny, yes. But they are also so big hearted and honest that I wanted to thrust them into everyone’s hands and make them read this book so we would all be grinning together as we recognized that these oddball characters are really exactly like us."—Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Circle and The Book That Matters Most

"A unique angle of vision―devastating and funny. In her stories, R.L. Maizes probes the fusion of alienation and yearning, the persistence of attachment to animals and to people."―Ursula Hegi, author of The Burgdorf Cycle

“I found myself dazzled, moved, and lost in admiration for these unforgettable stories, each one a gem. Where do I sign up for the R.L. Maizes school of brilliantly depicting off-kilter love and loss with unfailing wit and empathy?”―Elinor Lipman, author of Good Riddance and On Turpentine Lane

"The title story in We Love Anderson Cooper will break your heart in all the best ways and it will also make you laugh; such is the blueprint for all that is ahead in this stunning collection. R.L. Maizes has such a gift for taking us where we’ve never been, yet reminding us of what we know about love, grief, a place of belonging."―Jill McCorkle, author of Life After Life

"Told with humor and wisdom, these charming stories burst with possibility: At any moment, a character might risk all, or the world might tilt on its axis. Here is a wildly entertaining new voice, one to revel in."―Rebecca Makkai, author of The Great Believers

“Maizes’ gently witty and vaguely weird collection is well worth reading.”―Kirkus, starred review

“Maizes’s direct manner of storytelling and her imperfect yet unmistakably human characters are sure to win over readers.”―Publishers Weekly

"Maizes’ admirable achievement in these charmingly offbeat stories is to balance fascination with sympathy and gravitas with humor. The good news: Her debut novel is due next year. But have fun with these first.”―NPR

“Go ahead and add R.L. Maizes to any list of contemporary short story masters―We Love Anderson Cooper marks the debut of a major literary talent on a par with Lorrie Moore or George Saunders.”―Shelf Awareness

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