Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  James Klise  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Peoria, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Klise was born in Peoria and currently resides in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

James Klise is a high school librarian, supervisor of the high school literary journal and teen book club as well as the Gay-Straight Alliance advisor at Chicago International Charter School Northtown Academy. His short stories have appeared in many journals, including ''StoryQuarterly'', ''New Orleans Review'', ''Ascent'', and ''Southern Humanities Review''.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Love drugged /
ISBN: 0738721751. OCLC Number:

Flux,. Woodbury, Minn. :. ©2010

Fifteen-year-old Jamie is dismayed by his attraction to boys, and when a beautiful girl shows an interest in him, he is all the more intrigued by her father's work developing a drug called Rehomoline.

The art of secrets /
ISBN: 1616201959. OCLC Number:

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When some quirky art donated to a school fundraising effort to help a Pakistani American family, victims of a possible hate crime, is revealed to be an unknown work by a famous outsider artist, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, adults and teenagers alike debate who should get the money and begin to question each other's motivations.


Love Drugged

  • Stonewall Honor Award, 2011
  • ALA Rainbow List of Recommended GLBTQ Books for Young Readers, 2011
  • Lambda Literary Award Finalist, 2011
  • Top 250 LGBTQ Books for Teens, 2015
  • The Art of Secrets

  • ILLINIOS READS Book, 2015
  • Edgar Award Winner, Mystery Writers of America, 2015
  • "We Need Diverse Books" Educator Kit Selection, 2015
  • Bank Street Best Books for Children Selection, 2015
  • Vermont's Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award, Master List, 2016
  • Sakura Medal H.S. Nominee, Japan, 2016
  • Chicago Public Schools Recommended Reading List, 2015
  • ALA Booklist Editors' Choice Winner, 2014
  • Chicago Public Library "Best of the Best" Selection, 2014
  • Booklist "Top 10 Crime Fiction for Youth," 2014
  • ABC Best Books for Children & Teens Pick, 2014
  • Christian Science Monitor "25 Best New Middle Grade Novels," 2014
  • Houston Chronicle Summer Reading List, 2014

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

    Klise enjoys visiting high schools to talk to groups of any size, especially around Chicago. He will conduct half-day or full-day writing workshops, or to provide "book talks" about other contemporary novels that will get teens excited about reading. Fees vary, depending on travel. For more information, email him at