Columbia College: M.A., Comparative Literature 
(1971-1974) Lived in France working odd jobs and writing poetry
His book "Moon Palace" is read in German schools in the last year of study as preparation for the English 'Abitur' examination.
In "Moon Palace" there's a conversation about the first moon landing and if it really happened or if it was just a hoax created in a Hollywood studio. The idea of a fake moon landing is the central motif of the movie Les mercredis de l'histoire: Dark Side of the Moon (2002).
His wife, Siri Hustvedt, was born in the US to Norwegian parents, and is a successful author in her own right and mother of Sophie Auster. The couple lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Member of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 50th Cannes International Film Festival in 1997.
Member of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 53rd Venice International Film Festival in 1996.
Daughter, Sophie Auster, is a popular singer in France.
Father, with Lydia Davis, of Daniel Auster.
A major portion of Auster's 2013 memoir, "Report From the Interior", includes detailed, scene-by-scene summaries of two films he believes deliver "blows to the head": _The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)_ qv) and _I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang (1932)_.
Member of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 55th annual San Sebastian International Film Festival in 2007.