About Scott Dominic Carpenter

A bit of a rolling stone, Scott grew up in various cities in the States and abroad. He started learning French at age 9, and first visited Paris at age ten, returning frequently—even working in southwestern France and in Brittany before going on to complete a PhD in French at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Now he teaches French literature and creative writing at Carleton College (MN). For the past twenty years he has lived part-time in Paris.
Scott’s creative work is best known through his novel, Theory of Remainders, a story about a father’s quest set, in Normandy, France. Named to Kirkus Reviews “Best Books of 2013,” the screenplay of the novel has been optioned by Film 14. His collection of short stories, This Jealous Earth, also plays on notions of foreignness.
He has published travel writing in Silk Road and Lowestoft Chronicle, and other forms in such journals as South Dakota Review and Gravel Magazine, receiving several nominations for the Pushcart Prize, and an honorable mention in the national Mark Twain Royal Nonesuch award. Currently he is working on a book of essays about the City of Light, entitled A Meer-Kin in Paris. More information about his creative work is available on his website, at www.sdcarpenter.com.
Scott has also published a number of scholarly books and articles, including Acts of FictionReading Lessons, and The Aesthetics of Fraudulence.
Presentations, Interviews
Because Scott leads a secret life as a professor, he often presents scholarly work at conferences. As a creative writer he has participated in over fifty public events in the past three years alone, including readings, interviews, and talks on the craft of writing. Among them are: 
  • Radio interviews with Minnesota Public Radio (KNOW), KYMN, and KFAI
  • Reading at the American Library of Paris
  • Reading/lecture at English Language Library in Angers, France
  • Headliner at FOX Cities Book Festival
  • Headliner at BOND Book Festival in Minnetonka, MN
  • Alliance Française (sponsored events), in Minneapolis and Chicago
  • Events at various Barnes and Noble stores