Alex Dawson is the author of The Rapscallion Club, a forthcoming archeological adventure series for all ages, which has received advance praise from New York Times Notable author Lev Grossman (The Magicians), bestselling MG author Chris Grabenstein (Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library), and World Fantasy Award winner John Crowley (Little, Big), among others.
Until 2012, Dawson was the owner of The Raconteur, a now-defunct bookshop and performance venue hailed by The New York Times, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and The Star Ledger. He is the founder of RaconteurVentures, a company dedicated to reviving and animating communities through cultural programming, and the host of Raconteurs & Roustabouts, a vaudevillian variety show that puts authors on stage alongside musicians and sideshow performers. He is an award-winning playwright and set designer and the former artistic director of the East Village theater company Bon Bock Productions.
Dawson has an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from Bennington College. He teaches Creative Writing in Middle Grade & YA Fiction, Multi-Genre Creative Writing, and Audio Narrative at Rutgers University. He is the curator/host of Rutgers University's "Inside the Writers House," a weekly series of candid conversations with acclaimed authors; and the curator/host of "The All Ages Show," RU's annual kid lit conference.
He is currently at work on the dark YA novel, Welcome to White Hart, which has been described as "Charlotte's Web meets Winter's Bone."