Kevin Birmingham received his Ph.D. in English from Harvard, where he was a Lecturer in the English Department and in the History & Literature program. He is the Humanities 10 Writing Director and an instructor in the university’s Writing Program. He was a bartender in a Dublin pub featured in Ulysses for one day before he was unceremoniously fired. The Most Dangerous Book  was a New York Times bestseller. It received the PEN New England Award for Nonfiction in 2015 and the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism in 2016. The Truman Capote Award has never before been given to a writer's first book.