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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Joe Meno  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT

Born: 1974


Illinois Connection

Meno lives in Chicago. He graduated from and is a professor in the Department of Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Joe Meno is a fiction writer, playwright, music journalist and editor. He is the winner of the ''Nelson Algren Literary Award'', a Pushcart Prize, the Great Lakes Book Award, ''Society of Midland Author's Fiction Prize'' and a finalist for the ''Story Prize''. He is the editor of ''Chicago Noir: The Classics'' and the author of two short story collections and multiple novels including the best sellers ''Hairstyles of the Damned,'' and ''The Boy Detective Fails''. He’s currently working with producer Gil Netter (“Water for Elephants,” “The Blind Side”) on a screenplay of his novel, ''The Great Perhaps'', and celebrating the Toronto premiere of a film based on his short story, ''The Architecture of the Moon''.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- '''''Marvel and Wonder''''' *Starred Review, Booklist *Midwest Connections Pick, Midwest Independent Booksellers Association *Long Listed for Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, American Library Association *Best Books of the Year, Booklist, 2015 '''''Office Girl''''' *Best Books of the Year, Kirkus *Best Books of the Year, Dailycandy *Readers Favorite Fiction, Believer magazine, 2012 *Best Books of the Year, Chicago Reader *Best Books of the Month, Amazon, July 2012 *Best New Novel, Chicagoan *Starred Review, Booklist *3 Must-Read Offbeat Novels, The Daily Beast *Pick of the Week, Publishers Weekly '''''Great Perhaps''''' *Great Lakes Book Award for Fiction *Starred Review, Kirkus *Editors choice, New York Times *Great Lakes Book Award for Fiction '''''Demons in the Spring''''' *Best Books of the Year, Kirkus '''''The Boy Detective Fails''''' *Book of the Year, Kirkus *Best of 2006, Booklist *Book of the Year, Chicago Tribune '''''Bluebirds Used to Croon in the Choir