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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Randy Shilts  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction

Born: 1951 in Davenport, Iowa


Illinois Connection

Shilts was raised in Aurora.

Biographical and Professional Information

Randy Shilts was a pioneering gay American journalist and author. The author of several groundbreaking bestsellers, he worked as a freelance reporter for The Advocate and San Francisco Bay Area television stations. He also worked at the San Francisco Chronicle for 13 years. His book ''And the Band Played On'', was instrumental in bringing the AIDS crisis to light.

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Titles At Your Library


-- '''''And the Band Played On''''' *ALA Stonewall Award, 1988 '''''Conduct Unbecoming''''' *Lambda Literary Award in Gay Men's Study, 1994