Jon Reiner: Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau

Jon Reiner

Former Entertainment Executive, Author, & Crohn’s Disease Combatant

Jon Reiner is the award-winning author of the debut memoir The Man Who Couldn’t Eat. It explores our complex and often contradictory relationship with food as he tells the story of his agonizing battle with Crohn’s disease—and the extraordinary places his hunger and obsession with food took him.

The Man Who Couldn’t Eat is an unvarnished account of a marriage in crisis, children faced with grown-up fears, a man at a life-and-death crossroads sifting through his past and his present. And it shows audiences a tough, courageous climb out of despair and hopelessness. Aided by the loving kindness of family, friends, and strangers and by a new approach to food, Reiner began a process of healing in body and mind. Most of all, he chose life—and a renewed appetite, any way he could manage it, for the things that truly matter most.

The book has been selected as a 2011 Top Pick by the Los Angeles Times, a Starred and New and Notable release by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon and has been called “an incredible, inspiring tale” (Kirkus); ‘fearless and singular” (PW); “unlike any food memoir you’ve ever read” (Philadelphia City Paper); “an adroitly rendered meditation on desire, deprivation, and our complicated relationship with food” (The Daily Beast); “Reiner’s ability to describe a scene, a dish, or an event is miraculous” (Tumblr); “an incredibly inspiring memoir” (; “a compelling story of triumph over adversity” (Capital Region Living); and “incredibly captivating and poignant” (B&N). The book is based on a story of the same title Reiner wrote for Esquire which won the 2010 James Beard Foundation Award for Magazine Feature Writing, was nominated for a National Magazine Award, and was translated into multiple languages for international publication. Other recent non-fiction writing has appeared in,, Down East, the San Francisco Book Review, and elsewhere. Reiner is currently writing his next book, Chutes and Ladders, a memoir of finding work and meaning in an age of greed and unemployment.

After earning a B.A., magna cum laude, in English and theater at Fairleigh Dickinson University and an M.A. in English at the University of Maryland, where he was a Teaching Fellow of writing and literature, he worked for two decades as a creative executive for Sony, American Express, Interpublic Group, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, producing original feature film, television, and web content; creating global product-marketing campaigns; writing communications and providing strategic counsel for business and entertainment executives; and creating arts and education programs for people with disabilities. Jon is a member of the PEN American Center and the Dramatists Guild of America. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

He is still learning how to cook.

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