John Irving won the National Book Award in 1980 for THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP. In 2000, he won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules. In 2013, he won a Lambda Literary Award for IN ONE PERSON. Internationally renowned, his books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY is his best-selling novel, in every language.
Irving competed as a wrestler for twenty years and coached wrestling until he was forty-seven. In 1992, he was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
A dual citizen of the United States and Canada, John Irving lives in Toronto. His fifteenth novel, THE LAST CHAIRLIFT, was published in October 2022.