Michael Zadoorian is the author of three novels, BEAUTIFUL MUSIC (Akashic Books), THE LEISURE SEEKER (William Morrow) and SECOND HAND (W.W. Norton), and a story collection, THE LOST TIKI PALACES OF DETROIT (Wayne State University Press). A motion picture of THE LEISURE SEEKER starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland was released in 2018 by Sony Pictures Classics. A new novel, THE NARCISSISM OF SMALL DIFFERENCES (Akashic Books) is forthcoming in 2020.
Zadoorian is a recipient of a Kresge Artist Fellowship in the Literary Arts, the Columbia University Anahid Literary Award, the GLIBA Great Lakes Great Reads Award, two Michigan Notable Book Awards, the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award and was long-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
His work has appeared in The Literary Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, American Short Fiction, Wisconsin Review, Witness, Great Lakes Review, North American Review, Huffington Post and the anthologies Bob Seger’s House, Looping Detroit, On The Clock, and Detroit Noir. He has worked as a copywriter, journalist, voiceover talent, shipping room clerk, and plant guard for Chrysler. A lifelong resident of the Detroit area, he lives with his wife in a 1936 bungalow filled with cats and objects that used to be in the houses of other people.