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John Burnham Schwartz grew up in New York City. At Harvard College, he majored in Japanese studies, and upon graduation accepted a position with a Wall Street investment bank, before finally turning the position down after selling his first novel. That book, Bicycle Days, a coming of age story about a young American man in Japan, was published in 1989 on his 24th birthday. It went on to become a critically acclaimed bestseller. In July of 2011, Random House published Schwartz's fifth novel, Northwest Corner, which picks up the lives of some of the characters from Reservation Road twelve years later. Schwartz is also an accomplished screenwriter. Along with the adaptation of Reservation Road he has written screen adaptations of Dana Canedy's memoir A Journal for Jordan, and Nancy Horan's bestselling novel Loving Frank for Sony Pictures and Lionsgate, respectively, and has developed a dramatic television series for Showtime.