Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  James Klise  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction

Born: in Peoria, Illinois


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''.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- '''''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