Charlottesville postcard

Caroline Preston is the author of three novels Jackie by Josie (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year) Lucy Crocker 2.0, and Gatsby’s Girl and two scrapbook novels, The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt (Alex Award) and The War Bride’s Scrapbook.  She has drawn from her own collection of vintage ephemera to create a unique novel form that combines “historical fiction and scrapbooking.” (O Magazine).

She is currently working on a history of dogs in American culture—American Pooch: 200 Years of Canine Celebrities, Experts, Fads and Bestsellers. During her research, she’s assembled a large collection of dog ephemera collection which includes novels, training guides, dog food advertisements, dog show programs, and posters for canine screen stars. You can follow the strange-but-true stories of various notable canine characters (both two-legged and four) on the American Pooch Instagram (@prestonamericanpooch).

Preston majored in American Studies at Dartmouth College, and received a master’s in American Civilization from Brown University. Inspired by her interest in manuscripts and ephemera, she worked as an archivist at the Rhode Island Historical Society, the Peabody/Essex Museum and Harvard’s Houghton Library.

She has been awarded a Massachusetts Artist Foundation Fellowship and has had residencies at Yaddo, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Ragdale, where she is a Distinguished Artist. She lives with her husband, the writer Christopher Tilghman, in Charlottesville, Virginia and Centreville, Maryland.  She has three sons, two grandsons, and a Goldendoodle named Howard.