Jennifer McCartney is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books. She has written about utopias, time machines, and train travel for outlets like BBC Radio 4, The Atlantic, Architectural Digest, Vice Magazine, Teen Vogue, Curbed, and CBC. She is a regular contributor to Publishers Weekly.
Her first novel Afloat (Hamish Hamilton/Penguin) was published when she was 27 and is a Canadian bestseller. The Joy of Leaving Your Sh*t All Over the Place (Countryman Press/W.W. Norton) is a New York Times bestseller and is published in five languages. She also has books with HarperCollins and Running Press.
As senior editor at a Manhattan-based book publishing company, Jennifer worked on and acquired more than 200 works by authors including Pierre Berton, Richard Ford, Hakan Günday, Jenna Jameson, Farley Mowat, and Leslie Zemeckis. Her authors have appeared on Oprah and been interviewed and reviewed in outlets including CNN, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, New York Post, and Forbes.
Born and raised in a small town in Ontario, Canada she has lived in three countries and held 27 jobs including at a ski resort, an amusement park, and on an island in the Great Lakes. She is a graduate of Glasgow University’s creative writing program. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.