Tom Perrotta is a novelist and screenwriter. His novels Election and Little Children were made into Academy Award-nominated films. Todd Field and Perrotta's screenplay for the 2006 film of Little Children was nominated for an Academy Award for Best-Adapted Screenplay. Perrotta has been featured on the New York Times Book Review, Newsweek, People Magazine, and National Public Radio. In 2010, his short story, "The Smile on Happy Chang's Face" was the Boston Book Festival's first One City One Story selection. He has taught creative writing at Harvard University and Eckerd College, and he earned a BA in English from Yale University and an MA in English and Creative Writing from Syracuse University, where he was a pupil of Tobias Wolff. Perrotta lives in Belmont. His latest novel is The Leftovers.