Leonard Rosen is an award-winning novelist whose work has been translated into eight languages. After teaching high-school English in Baltimore City for several years, Len pursued a graduate degree in literary studies. He now lives in the Boston area where he has contributed radio commentaries to Boston’s NPR station, written best-selling textbooks on writing, and taught writing at Harvard University and Bentley University. His “deeply compelling” Henri Poincaré novels, The Tenth Witness and All Cry Chaos, follow the investigations of an Interpol agent “who reads like a literary figure in a thriller,” according to critics. The Kortelisy Escape, Len’s third novel, grew out of a fascination with stage magic and its possible connections with religion. Contact Len through this Web site to arrange for a Skype visit with your book group.


  • Winner, ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year, Fiction (Best Novel published by an Independent Press, 2011)
  • Winner, Macavity Award Best First Novel
  • Edgar Award Best First Novel, Finalist
  • Chautauqua Literary Prize, Finalist
  • Chautauqua Institution Summer Reading Series, Featured Author
  • Anthony Award Best First Novel, Finalist
  • Massachusetts Must Read Book
  • A Top 7 Mystery Pick,  OmniMystery News
  • “First Mystery Club,” The Poisoned Pen

NPR Commentaries

Leonard Rosen - ARSMANGA

Higher Learning, February 20, 2003
Getting that third PhD based on life experience.

Migration, December 24, 1996
Stuck in Thanksgiving traffic, watching birds fly south.

Seeing the One You, Love October 30, 1996
An unexpected meeting prompts a reflection on marriage.

On Vanity, September 24, 1996
Time, thinning hair, and kakooy-nut oil.

The Lens of Memory, December 15, 1995
To videotape—or not to videotape: that is the question.