Jim Gladstone, author of Gladstone's Games to Go, is a writer and creative consultant based in Philadelphia. His debut novel, The Big Book of Misunderstanding won a Foreword Award, honoring excellence in small press publishing.
An exciting performer and engaging teacher, Gladstone has presented readings and programs in over 30 cities across the U.S. and in Europe. He has taught writing and creative process seminars to students at every level, from elementary schoolers to post-grad adults. His college appearances have included Georgetown University, The University of Pennsylvania, Old Dominion University, The University of New Orleans, and Bryn Mawr College.
Gladstone underwrites his more literary endeavors with marketing writing and consulting for some of the world's biggest brands. His work has graced tampon packages, added spice to NASCAR recipe books, detailed the use of neurosurgical hemostats, encouraged the consumption of fresh turkey products, and been declaimed by the world's most famous talking candies.
In addition to working on his own creative projects, Gladstone frequently helps other writers, artists and arts organizations with career development and the promotion of their work. He has served as a consultant, panelist and judge for literary organizations including Outwrite, The Lambda Literary Foundation, Bouchercon, The Free Library of Philadelphia, and the Ohio State Council for the Arts.
Gladstone's wide-ranging cultural commentary and criticism has appeared in publications including The New York Times Book Review and other newspapers including The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Atlanta Constitution. His magazine pieces have been published in Billboard, P.O.V., Suspect Thoughts, Philadelphia, Egg, Passport, Art & Understanding, Seven Arts, Lambda Book Report, and Spin.
His short fiction has been featured in several anthologies and literary magazines, including American Writing, Bridge, Upstairs at DuRoc (Paris), Kilometer Zero (Paris), Pindeldyboz, and Outsider Ink, and has been adapted for radio and stage performance.
Educated at Yale College and the University of Pennsylvania, Gladstone's checkered past includes stints as a devoted bookseller, library staff member, radio commentator, writing teacher, and leotard-clad Playboy Club dancer. He has lived in San Francisco and Paris, and currently resides in his hometown, Philadelphia.