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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  James McManus  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT

Born: 1951 in New York City, New York


Illinois Connection

McManus lives in Kenilworth and teaches at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

James McManus is a New York Times bestselling author. He is a poker player, teacher, novelist and poet. His work has appeared in ''The New Yorker'', ''Harper’s,'' ''The Believer'', ''Paris Review'', ''Esquire'', and in Best American anthologies for poetry, sports writing, science and nature, and magazine writing. Both of McManus' degrees came from the University of Illinois Chicago - Bachelor of Arts in 1974 and Master of Arts in 1977. He currently teaches writing and comparative literature at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, including a course on the literature and science of poker.McManus was interviewed by Dan Klefstad, Morning Edition Host & Book Series Editor of Northern Public Radio (WNIU/WNIJ/NIRIS) for the [ #WNIJReadWithME] Winter Book Series. To access the December 28, 2015 interview, [ click here].

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- '''''Going to the Sun''''' *Sandburg Award *Society of Midland Authors Award, 1997 '''''Positively Fifth Street''''' *Society of Midland Authors Award, 2004 '''''Cowboys Full''''' *Society of Midland Authors Award, 2010 '''''The Education of a Poker Player''''' *Kirkus Prize for Fiction Nominee, 2015 '''Other Awards