Larry Doyle is a 1976 graduate of Buffalo Grove High School, the setting for I Love You, Beth Cooper. He was not the valedictorian like the book’s protagonist, ranking only 13th out of 500, although several of the students above him took pretty easy classes. The novel won the 2008 Thurber Prize for American Humor, and Doyle also wrote the film adaptation. Starring Hayden Panettiere and Paul Rust, the film opens on July 10, 2009 from Fox. Doyle has wandered through a checkered writing career that has seen him reporting on the early AIDS epidemic and the Challenger explosion, doing comic strips and editing magazines, writing for the best television show of all time and winning two Emmy Awards for it (THE SIMPSONS), and scripting extremely expensive movies that lose gobs of money. He currently makes his living writing screenplays and writes for magazines whenever he can afford it. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker, and in the past, has contributed to Esquire, GQ, and was the editor of Spy. Doyle lives outside Baltimore with his wife Becky, their three children and one dog, until it dies, and then no more dogs, according to the wife. The wife’s sister is married to Campbell McGrath, the famous poet who won a MacArthur Super Genius Grant, and once hit his brother-in-law in the face with an oar and then wrote a poem about it.