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Spencer Wise

Spencer Wise is a debut author whose historical novel, The Emperor of Shoes, tells the story of a Bostonian expat living in Southern China while running his family's shoe factory and falling in love. The book was named a Library Journal Best Debut of Summer 2018. Wise himself was born in Boston and is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin (where he earned his master’s) and Florida State University, where he earned his PhD. Wise has written for Time Out New York and Sports Illustrated, and has also had work published in Narrative Magazine, Gulf Coast, The Cincinnati Review, The Literary Review, and The New Ohio Review. He has also earned the Gulf Coast Prize in nonfiction and a fellowship to attend the Vermont Studio Center.

Excerpt from The Emperor of Shoes

Spencer Wise on the Writer's Bone podcast

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