Welcome to Burnable Books, a blog dedicated to historically-minded conversations among writers, scholars, publishers, and others bringing the past to life in relevant and inspiring ways.
Bruce Holsinger is a fiction writer and scholar of medieval literature who teaches in the Department of English at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. His debut novel, A Burnable Book (forthcoming from HarperCollins and William Morrow) is set in the alleys and halls of medieval London, where the poets Geoffrey Chaucer and John Gower spent much of their lives. You can find his author page on Facebook by clicking here.
Holsinger is also the author or editor of six nonfiction books, beginning with Music, Body, and Desire in Medieval Culture, which garnered major awards from the Modern Language Association, the American Musicological Society, and the Medieval Academy of America. His work has been recognized with a Guggenheim Fellowship, and he is the recipient of research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Council of Learned Societies. His books have been published by the university presses of Chicago, Columbia, and Stanford.
Trained as a classical clarinetist, Holsinger graduated from the University of Michigan School of Music in 1989. After a year waiting tables and teaching himself guitar, he went on to pursue doctoral work in medieval literature and culture, earning his Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University in New York. He spent the first nine years of his teaching career at the University of Colorado in Boulder.
Holsinger is represented by Helen Heller of The Helen Heller Agency.
Please e-mail him with any questions about the blog.