Please Don’t Come Back From The Moon

“Bakopoulos’ endearing first novel . . . is a tale that, despite the boys’ empty longing, is full of hope.”


DEAN BAKOPOULOS’ first novel, Please Don’t Come Back from the Moon, was a New York Times Notable Book; he co-wrote and co-produced the film adaptation, which debuted at the Los Angeles Film Festival and was a New York Times Critics’ Pick. His second novel, My American Unhappiness, was named one of the year’s best novels by The Chicago Tribune, and his third novel, Summerlong was an independent bookstore bestseller and is now in development as a television series.


“There is no better guide through a hot summer in the heartland than Dean Bakopoulos.”

Jane Hamilton, The Book Of Ruth and A Map Of The World

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11 hours ago

We will be rescheduling @NifMuhammad‘s @GrinnellWriters event. For now, we are grateful to Hanif for his two amazing events so far this week, & even more grateful for his organizing and his compassion. Sending our strength and love to you as the march for justice continues.

19 hours ago


Writers AT Grinnell
We’re so thrilled for the Mando Montano ‘12 Memorial Lecture next Tuesday with @NifMuhammad and @Prairie_Lights! 🖤🥰✨ Not a night to miss!!

1 day ago

LA coyotes have no fuckin chill. Don’t eat my dog, bro.

2 days ago

Had the pleasure of moderating a convo today between @NifMuhammad and @thesandb staffers today for @GrinnellWriters. We talked about this amazing profile a bit:

My American Unhappiness

“Dean Bakopoulos is a writer to watch, a novelist to cherish.”

Peter Straub, author of A Dark Matter