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Benjamin Hale is an American novelist based in Brooklyn, New York. He was raised in Boulder, Colorado
Boulder, Colorado
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, where in he attended Fairview High School. In 2006, he received a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College
Sarah Lawrence College
Sarah Lawrence College is a private liberal arts college in the United States, and a leader in progressive education since its founding in 1926. Located just 30 minutes north of Midtown Manhattan in southern Westchester County, New York, in the city of Yonkers, this coeducational college offers...

 and earned an M.F.A. in 2008 from the Iowa Writers' Workshop
Iowa Writers' Workshop
The Program in Creative Writing, more commonly known as the Iowa Writers' Workshop, at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, is a highly regarded graduate-level creative writing program in the United States...

, where he received an Iowa Provost's Fellowship and a Michener-Copernicus Award
Michener-Copernicus Fellowship
The Michener-Copernicus Fellowship is a literary award. Past recipients include:* Anthony Swofford* Peter Craig* Emily Barton* Brett Ellen Brock* Justin Kramon* Malena Watrous* Andrew J. Porter* Nam Le* Kevin Gonzalez* Drew Keenan...

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Hale's first novel, The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore, was released by Twelve Books
Hachette Book Group USA
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 on February 2, 2011 to largely positive reviews. The novel tells the story of an extraordinarily precocious chimpanzee who learns to speak in English and develops a romantic relationship with a human female primatologist. Narrated in the protagonist ape's own voice, the novel depicts Bruno Littlemore's development from a captive zoo animal into a virtually-human aesthete and intellectual, often highlighting his struggle to negotiate the human and animal aspects of his character.

Hale is represented by DeFiore and Company, and is currently working on a second novel.

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