About Baggott, Asher & Bode

Julianna Baggott is the author of over twenty books published under her own name and pen names. The New York Times Book Review has chosen two of her recent novels for their list of 100 Notable Books of the Year -- post-apocalyptic thriller and winner of an ALA Alex Award, Pure (2012), and her historical novel, Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders (2015). Her novels have been chosen widely for book clubs, book-picks, beach reads, and editors selections in leading publications, including the Washington Post, People, O. Magazine, Real Simple, Entertainment Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Amazon, Kirkus, Booklist, Booksense, Starbucks Book Club, Elle, and more. Her books have been in development with Fox2000 and Nickelodeon Paramount and optioned by numerous production companies, including Misher Films, Anonymous Content, and Cary Brokaw at Avenue Pictures. 

With over one hundred foreign editions of her books in print, Baggott’s work spans genres, audiences, and bridges the distance between critical acclaim and commercial appeal. Her aim is to create both artful entertainment and entertaining art. Her work has been compared to that of John Irving, Nick Hornby, Thomas Pynchon, Kurt Vonnegut, Steven Millhauser, Alice McDermott, Djuna Barnes, Suzanne Collins, Frank McCourt, Jorge Luis Borges, Charles Frazier, Phillip Roth, Russell Banks, Lemony Snicket, J.K. Rowling, as well as Manga, Alice in Wonderland, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Orphan Black, and Mad Max.


Praise from her work comes from Pulitzer prize-winners –   “…one of our finest writers…” -- Robert Olen Butler;   “… a writer after my own heart…” -- Richard Russo;   “Beautifully rendered…” – Elizabeth Strout  -- and bestselling sci-fi and fantasy authors -- “Original and masterfully written… ”--  Jeff VanderMeer; “…a dark adventure that is both startling and addictive…” Danielle Trussoni; “You will be swept away.” – Justin Cronin.

Baggott’s work stretches beyond fiction. Her nonfiction pieces have appeared in The New York Times Book Review as both reviewer and essayist, The New York Times Modern Love column, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The International Herald Tribune, Glamour, Salon, Real Simple, Best Creative Nonfiction, and have been read on NPR’s Here and Now, Talk of the Nation, and All Things Considered. Her fourth collection of poetry, Instructions, Abject and Fuming, was published this spring. Her essays, stories, and poems are also highly anthologized, having appeared in Best American Poetry (2001, 2011, and 2012), Best Creative Nonfiction, The Bitch is Back, Robot Uprising, and anthologies about being a loser in high school, life in your twenties, marriage, turning thirty, having sex, having kids, John Hughes films, rock and roll, mothers and daughters and much more. For two years, she was a recurring personality on XM Radio XM Kids in the voice of her pen name N.E. Bode. Baggott has continued to move into science fiction, fantasy, and other genres; and, of note, she published three short stories at Tor.com in January, February, and March of 2017.

Baggott started publishing at age twenty-two. She sold her first novel while still in her twenties. Her spouse, David G.W. Scott, is also her business and creative partner; they have four kids. Her oldest daughter is sculptor Phoebe Scott. Baggott has held the Jenks Chair of Contemporary American Letters at The College of the Holy, and currently teaches screenwriting at Florida State University’s College of Motion Picture Arts and is the incoming Faculty Director of the residential MFA Writing and Publishing Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts .