Amor H. Towles


​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 investment firm with a research-intensive approach to investing in global equities in both long-only and hedged strategies. Towles served as director of research for more than 15 years and was a principal of the firm.

Towles retired to devote himself full time to writing fiction. His first novel, Rules of Civility, published in 2011, was a New York Times bestseller and was named by The Wall Street Journal as one of the best books of 2011. His second novel, A Gentleman in Moscow, published in 2016, was also a New York Times bestseller and was named as one of the best books of 2016 by the Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the San Francisco Chronicle, and NPR. Both novels have sold more than a million copies and been translated into more than 20 languages.

Born and raised in the Boston area, Towles graduated from Yale University and received an M.A. in English from Stanford University. He serves on the board of Library of America and lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.​