Author of five novels, including Egyptologist and The Song is You, Arthur Phillips was born in Minneapolis and educated at Harvard. He has been a child actor, a jazz musician, a speechwriter, a dismally failed entrepreneur, and a five-time Jeopardy champion. His first novel, Prague, was named a New York Times Notable Book, and received The Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for best first novel. As part of the Valley Reads program, Phillips will speak about his most recent novel, The Tragedy of Arthur, a novel about the discovery of what is reputed to be a lost Shakespeare play.
"Devious and exhilarating . . . an irresistible family drama bundled into an exploration of fraud and authenticity." — The Wall Street Journal
"Arthur Phillips has found the perfect vehicle for his cerebral talents: his ingenuity; his bright, elastic prose; and, most notably, his penchant for pastiche—for pouring his copious literary gifts into old vessels and reinventing familiar genres." — The New York Times