Michael Zadoorian


Michael Zadoorian has published two novels and a short story collection. His second novel, "The Leisure Seeker," has been made into a major motion picture starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland, with a scheduled release in March 2018. In May 2018, his new novel, "Beautiful Music," will be published.

His short story collection, "The Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit," includes tales of flawed people in a flawed city who refuse to let bad pasts define them. Such characters as an urban spelunker, a World War II veteran and a woman obsessed by a talking dog. One of the stories is an early version of a road trip by an aging Detroit couple who won't let their doctors or their children limit their final days. That expanded story later became "The Leisure Seeker."

The novel "Second Hand" tells the story of a junk dealer who finds love with a thrift-store fan and discovers life lessons in cast-off objects that come his way.

Detroit musician and producer Don Was commented about the upcoming novel, "Michael Zadoorian has captured an era when Detroit simmered with anger and fear while it simultaneously reverberated with the joyous noise of rock and roll. 'Beautiful Music' eloquently evokes the beauty, confusion, and power of that late 1960s/early 1970s milieu."

Michael was educated in Detroit public schools and at Wayne State University. He has won a number of awards and publishes regularly in such prestigious periodicals as The Literary Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, American Short Fiction, Witness, Great Lakes Review, and The North American Review. 

Inset photo by John Foley

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