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The text on:

  • the inner flaps of the dust cover of hardcovers
  • near the last page or inner cover of Trade Paperbacks
  • near the last page of paperbacks

Most often a few paragraphs to a full page of information about the author, arranged either by the author him/herself, or by the author's press agent, most frequently containing a microcosmic biography:

  • The author's name
  • Where the author was born
  • Where the author lives now if they are still alive, or where they used to live if they are deceased
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  • The author's marital status
  • What pets, if any, the author has, and how many
  • If applicable, when they died
  • Some other titles of the author's bibliography (usually the most known ones), if there's more than one book.
  • What they like to do with the scant spare time they have when they're not writing the book you're reading and the other books they hope you read.

If there's enough space, you might also get a black and white headshot photo of the writer, possibly wearing a black turtleneck. If the book in question is a children's story or humorous in nature, there will frequently be jokes or a fake biography in this section.


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