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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  James Finn Garner  

Pen Name: None

Genre:

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Detroit, Michigan


-- Blog -- http://www.jamesfinngarner.com/wordpress/
-- Website -- http://www.jamesfinngarner.com
-- James Finn Garner on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=james++finn+garner


Illinois Connection

Garner moved to Chicago after college.

Biographical and Professional Information

James Finn Garner's best known book is ''Politically Correct Bedtime Stories'', which spent 64 weeks on the New York Times Best-seller list, including six weeks in the top position. The book was also a best-seller in England and Canada, and has been translated into more than 25 languages. Its sequels, ''Once Upon A More Enlightened Time'' and ''Politically Correct Holiday Stories'', were also best sellers sold around the world. ''Tea Party Fairy Tales'' is Garner's latest book. At this time, it is available in Kindle format only.


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Titles At Your Library

Politically Correct Bedtime Stories: A Collection of Modern Tales for Our Life and Times
ISBN: 028563223X

Souvenir Press Ltd. 1994

In a collection guaranteed to provoke both laughter and thought, 14 timeless fairy tales are revisited and reworked to become relevant fables for more modern times. These hilarious adaptations satirize and sanitize

the sexist, racist, nationalist, ageist, sizeist, ethnocentrist, and phallocentrist biases of classic bedtime stories. Familiar exploits of beloved characters are related from a respectful, prejudice-free perspective: the Emperor is no longer naked in his new clothes but “is endorsing a clothing-optional lifestyle,” Snow White escapes to the cottage of “seven vertically-challenged men,” and Goldilocks is an ambitious scientist studying anthropomorphic bears. With a redesigned jacket and a previously unpublished story, this expanded edition is sure to appeal to readers of multiple generations who find political correctness is as topical as ever.

Politically Correct Holiday Stories
ISBN: 0671719661

SIMON & SCHUSTER LTD. 1995

The #1 bestselling author of "Once Upon a More Enlightened Time" reads his "Politically Correct" holiday gift. Holiday tales have long delighted and entertained us, but until now they've always been burdened with society's skewed values and mores. Stories that reinforce the stifling class system (Dickens' "A Christmas Carol)," legitimize the stereotype of a merry, overweight patriarchal oppressor (Santa Claus in "The Night Before Christmas)" and justify the domestication and subjugation of wild animals "(Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer)" abound in the literature and lore of this season. Now James Finn Garner has stepped in to revise and improve these familiar tales to free our social consciousness from the ghost of prejudice past. From the newly revised "Twas the Night Before Solstice" to "Rudolph the Nasally Empowered Reindeer," these stories rekindle the true holiday spirit and redefine the idea of "good will to all men" to include womyn, pre-adults and companion animals as well. Yes, the international bestselling author of "Politically Correct Bedtime Stories" and "Once Upon a More Enlightened Time" is back again, to offer a holiday gift that will fit all sizes, welcome all persuasions and nonpersuasions, and be treasured for politically correct generations to come.

Once Upon a More Enlightened Time
ISBN: 002860444X

MacMillan Publishing Company.. 1995

Another enlightened collection from the bestselling author of Politically Correct Bedtime Stories. Garner continues his mission to liberate our classic fairy tales from archaic, sexist, ageist, classist, lookist, and environmentally unsound prejudices with a new collection of humorous tales for readers of evolved consciousness. 13 line drawings.

Apocalypse Wow
ISBN: 0684836491

Simon & Schuster. 1997

The best-selling author of Politically Correct Bedtime Stories shares his trenchant observations on the New Age world, UFO conspiracies, the Internet, the apocalypse, commercialism, harmonic convergences, numerology, and other intriguing topics. 500,000 first printing. Tour.

Once Upon a More Enlightened Time: More Politically Correct Bedtime Stories
ISBN: 0028604199

John Wiley & Sons Inc. 1995

Offers humorous revisions of supposedly outmoded fairytales, such as "The Duckling That Was Judged on Its Personal Merit and Not on Its Physical Appearance"

Recut Madness: Favorite Movies Retold for Your Partisan Pleasure
ISBN: 1568583362

Da Capo Press. 2007

Recut Madness is a retelling of the Hollywood Classics for red states and blue states. Hollywood movies purport to appeal to a mass audience, but in America today, half the population would see The Passion of the Christ while the other half sees Brokeback Mountain. Such an inclusive strategy is no longer realistic. In Recut Madness some of the most beloved classics are retailed for one side or the other. From a red state Wizard of Oz (aka The Decider of Oz) to a blue state Jaws, Garner has reinvented colorization for the new millennium.

Honk Honk, My Darling: A Rex Koko, Private Clown Mystery
ISBN: 1468087088

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2011

Book of the Year (Nontraditional Fiction) 2011, Chicago Writers Association
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"Great book! This is Raymond Chandler meets Barnum & Bailey. It's as entertaining as a car-load of clowns. Or more specifically, a car-load of tough-talking, poker-playing, metaphor-spewing clowns."
-- A.J. Jacobs, My Life as an Experiment

"Wonderful! Like Raymond Chandler before him, Garner explores the seedy underbelly of show business. And it's a world populated by kinkers, joeys, flatties, ginks, bips, midgets and fat ladies."
-- Matt Walsh, Upright Citizens Brigade, "High Life"

From the author of the #1 international best-seller, Politically Correct Bedtime Stories!


In Top Town, a ghetto full of washed-up circus lifers in the shadow of a big city, audiences come every night for cheap thrills, both wholesome and not. Fire eaters perform for gin money. Gypsies reveal the future (and for a sawbuck can make it happen). Daredevils cheat Death time after time, but once. And witness to it all is one of the most loved and notorious figures in Top Town, a tough joey with a deadly past and a nose for picking all the wrong fights: Rex Koko, private clown.

In Honk Honk, My Darling, Rex Koko is hired by an aging, arrogant trapeze star to bring back his wayward wife. Every time he comes close to finding her, however, other aerialists come to gruesome and spectacular ends. To keep from taking the rap himself, Rex needs to find the killer while keeping his own inner demons in check.

Is Addie Carlozo a "black widow"? Is Rex cursed with bad luck? Why is he being followed by those red-headed roustabout bastards, the Redd Brothers? And will "circus justice" intervene before the police do? Revenge, corruption and murder headline the bill in Top Town, where life comes 3 balls for a nickel. Babes, bullets, banana peels! As e.e. cummings said, "Damn everything, but the circus!"

Chicago Writers Association "2011 Book of the Year -- Nontraditional Fiction"!!

Double Indignity (Rex Koko, Private Clown) (Volume 2)
ISBN: 1499650817

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2014

From the author of the international best-seller Politically Correct Bedtime Stories comes a new mystery genre: Clown noir!

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In Top Town, a ghetto full of washed-up circus lifers in the shadow of a big city, audiences come every night for cheap thrills, both wholesome and not. Fire eaters perform for gin money. Gypsies reveal the future (and for a sawbuck can make it happen). Daredevils cheat Death time after time, but once. And witness to it all is one of the most loved and notorious figures in Top Town, a tough joey with a deadly past and a nose for picking all the wrong fights: Rex Koko, private clown.
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In Double Indignity, Rex Koko is begged to bring in a runaway lion, but has his shoe eaten in the process. Trying to get repaid for the expensive footwear, he runs afoul of drug-pushing quacks, alligator hypnotists, Amazonian witch doctors and blue-nosed moral crusaders trying to shut down Top Town. Before the second act, menace fills the air like the smell of popcorn, whiskey and fear. The South American jungle was never so dangerous as the tawdry streets of "the next best thing to a circus."

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It's three rings of danger, suspense and more danger. Lions! Lustful ladies! Lethal larries!

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As e.e. cummings said, "Damn everything, but the circus!"


Awards

Chicago Writers Association's Indie Book of the Year Award for ''Honk, Honk, My Darling'' in 2011.

Availability for Public Speaking

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