A media savvy social satirist, Alix Strauss has been a featured lifestyle trend writer on national morning shows and talk shows including ABC, CBS, CNN, VH1, and NBC’s Today Show. Her articles cover a range of topics, from beauty and food trends to celebrity interviews, appearing in an array of publications such as New York Times, New York Post, and New York Daily News, as well as national magazines including Time, Departures, Town & Country Travel,Travel & Leisure Golf, Marie Claire, Entertainment Weekly, Self, Time Out, and Esquire. Her collection of shorts, The Joy of Funerals (St. Martin’s Press), will be heading to the big screen with Stockard Channing attached to direct. Strauss will write the screenplay as well. She is also the editor of Have I Got a Guy For You (Polka Dot Press), an anthology of mother coordinated blind date horror stories. HarperCollins is publishing her next book, Death Becomes Them: Famous Suicides and Understanding Our Fascination (Harper Paperbacks).
Strauss has spoken at numerous conferences and panels including The Southern Festival of Books, The Northwest Bookfest, The New England Writer’s Conference, Wesleyan Writer’s Conference, The 92nd Street Y, New York University, Center For Communications, Mediabistro, Columbia University, among others. She hosted a monthly event at Makor called Word of Mouth Thursdays, readings of personal essays, works in-progress and novel excerpts. Strauss received a degree in Educational Theater from NYU, and has taught fiction, creative writing, personal essays, and writing for magazines for the past 10 years.
The Joy of Funerals is the recent winner of the Ingram Award, and was named Best Debut Novel by The New York Resident. Strauss’ work has been anthologized, and her short fiction has appeared in the Primavera Literary Journal, Hampton Shorts Literary Journal, the Idaho Review, Quality Women’s Fiction, The Blue Moon Café III, and A Kudzu Christmas. Her short story, Shrinking Away, won the David Dornstein Creative Writing Award. She is the recipient of several awards and fellowships including The Wesleyan Writers Conference, Skidmore College Writer’s Institute, Sarah Lawrence Summer and Squaw Valley’s Screenwriters’ Summer program.
Praise for The Joy of Funerals:
“The desire for human connection runs throughout Alix Straus’ dark and spirited novel, The Joy of Funerals.”
– Vanity Fair
“Die-hard fans of Six Feet Under will go crazy for this kooky collection of short stories about nine women dealing with love and death…you can’t help but keep turning the pages.”
“In whatever way Alix Strauss has come to know this pain, her pen may just help you recognize some of your own with an eye toward making things better. The book’s subtitle is ‘A Novel in Stories.’ Notice the world ‘love’ in novel, for that’s what you may feel after reading this very fine book.”
– Beverly Hills Outlook