Bart Yates


Bart Yates (aka Noah Bly) is the award-winning author of seven novels, including Leave Myself Behind, The Language Of Love And Loss, The Third Hill North Of Town, and The Very Long, Very Strange Life Of Isaac Dahl.  He is also a professional musician, and plays clarinet, saxophone, and bass guitar.


I was born in Cheyenne, WY, raised in Lamoni, IA, educated in Boston, MA, and now live in Iowa City, IA, with the world's finest and most discerning cat. I sometimes teach writing workshops at the University of Iowa's Summer Writing Festival, and I also teach private music lessons in my home studio.

” When I’m not writing or teaching, I usually can be found with a book in one hand and a glass of wine—or a cup of coffee—in the other.”


From my blog


Read My Books

One of the strengths of Yates’s writing is his ability to work out complicated plot points and weave together the threads of the story in a dramatically effective manner.

Bay Area Reporter

Review of Brothers Bishop

Brilliantly written and funny as hell.


Review of The Distance Between Us

Yates effectively captures the honest, sometimes silly, often tender interactions between his fragile characters.


Review of Leave Myself Behind

Imaginative and thought-provoking.

USA Today

Review of The Third Hill North of Town
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