Amor H. Towles joined The Wallace Foundation's board of directors in 2013. In January 2013, Towles retired from Select Equity Group Inc., after 21 years of service. Founded in 1990, Select Equity is a New York-based registered investment adviser that has a research intensive approach to investing in global equities in both long-only and hedged strategies. The firm provides its services to high-net-worth individuals, endowments and foundations, pensions and public plans. Towles was the firm's second employee; he served as director of research for 18 years and was a principal.
Towles retired to devote himself full time to writing fiction. His novel,
Rules of Civility, which was published by Viking/Penguin in July 2011, reached the best-seller lists of
The New York Times, Boston Globe and Los Angeles Times. The book was listed by
The Wall Street Journal as one of the 10 best works of fiction in 2011, and its French translation won the
2012 Prix Fitzgerald. The novel has been translated into sixteen languages.
Amor Towles was raised in a suburb of Boston. He graduated from Yale College and received an M.A. in English from Stanford University. He lives in New York City with his wife, Maggie, and their two children.