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Bill Hayes

Biography

Bill Hayes

The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in nonfiction, Bill Hayes is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and the author of four books: SLEEP DEMONS, FIVE QUARTS, THE ANATOMIST and INSOMNIAC CITY: New York, Oliver, and Me.

A photographer as well as a writer, his photos have appeared in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Granta, New York Times and on CBS Evening News. His portraits of his partner, the late Oliver Sacks, appear in the recent collection of Dr. Sacks’s suite of final essays GRATITUDE.

Hayes, 56 years old, is currently at work on two new books: a volume of his New York street photography (forthcoming from Bloomsbury, 2018), and a book in which he explores the history of exercise, SWEAT (Bloomsbury, 2019).

Bill Hayes

Books by Bill Hayes

by Bill Hayes - Memoir, Nonfiction

Bill Hayes came to New York City in 2009 with a one-way ticket and only the vaguest idea of how he would get by. But, at 48 years old, having spent decades in San Francisco, he craved change. Grieving over the death of his partner, he quickly discovered the profound consolations of the city's incessant rhythms, the sight of the Empire State Building against the night sky, and New Yorkers themselves, kindred souls that Hayes, a lifelong insomniac, encountered on late-night strolls with his camera. And he unexpectedly fell in love again, with his friend and neighbor, the writer and neurologist Oliver Sacks, whose exuberance is captured in funny and touching vignettes throughout.