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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Keith McGowan  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:CHILD C:YA Children's Fiction

Born: 1968 in Brooklyn, New York


Illinois Connection

McGown lived and worked in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Keith McGowan has worked most of his life as an educator. He helped run an elementary afterschool program and day camp, taught mathematics and science, volunteered for a year as a teacher in Haiti, developed curricula for a non-profit in Chicago that helps students go to college, and tutored students who were unable to attend school full-time. Nowadays he writes fiction full-time.In 2010, Keith was awarded the Thurber House residency, given to one children’s book author each year in honor of American author and humorist James Thurber. His first book for children, ''The Witch’s Guide to Cooking with Children'', was named a 2010 ALA Notable Children’s Recording and a 2011 Texas Bluebonnet book. McGowen currently resides with his family in Vienna, Austria.

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Titles At Your Library


-- '''''The Witchs Guide to Cooking with Children''''' *ALA Notable Childrens Recording, 2010 *Texas Bluebonnet book, 2011