Ralph Keyes is the author of sixteen books. His bestseller Is There Life After High School? was made into a Broadway musical that is still produced in this country and abroad. Chancing It was a New York Times “Notable Book.” Timelock was selected by the Book-of-the-Month Club and excerpted in Reader’s Digest. The Post-Truth Era was named the best of seventeen books on dishonesty by a Ted Talk blogger. The Courage to Write – which John Jakes called “one of the two or three best books on writing I’ve ever read” – has been in print for two decades. He is currently writing a book on The Hidden History of Coined Words for Oxford University Press.
Keyes has appeared on Oprah Winfrey, The Today Show, The Tonight Show, ABC World News Tonight, and twice on 20/20. On National Public Radio he’s been interviewed several times on “All Things Considered,” and by Terry Gross on “Fresh Air.” People Magazine has featured Keyes twice. His own articles have been published by magazines such as Esquire, GQ, Good Housekeeping, Glamour, Newsweek, Parade, Sports Illustrated, and Harper’s. An article he co-authored won the McKinsey Award for best article of the year in the Harvard Business Review. “Back Talk,” his column on language, appears regularly in The American Scholar.
After graduating from Antioch College in 1967, Keyes studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science. From 1968 to 1970 he was Assistant to the Publisher of Long Island’s Newsday. Following a decade spent as a Fellow of the Center for Studies of the Person in La Jolla, California, Keyes did free-lance writing and lecturing in the Philadelphia area. He now lives in Yellow Springs, Ohio with his wife Muriel. There, Keyes writes, lectures, and teaches courses on writing. As a speaker Keyes has addressed a wide range of audiences, including corporate groups, professional gatherings, and educational programs. He belongs to the Authors Guild, is listed in Who’s Who in America, and in Contemporary Authors.