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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction

Born: 1961 in Detroit, Michigan


Illinois Connection

Garner moved to Chicago after college.

Biographical and Professional Information

James Finn Garner's best known book is "Politically Correct Bedtime Stories", which spent 64 weeks on the New York Times Best-seller list, including six weeks in the top position. The book was also a best-seller in England and Canada, and has been translated into more than 25 languages. Its sequels, "Once Upon A More Enlightened Time" and "Politically Correct Holiday Stories", were also best sellers around the world.

His latest work is a mystery series set in a ghetto full of washed-up circus lifers. "Rex Koko, Private Clown" is the world's first and only hero of Clown Noir, a mashup of "Freaks" and "The Maltese Falcon". Titles include "Honk Honk, My Darling" (2011 Book of the Year, Chicago Writers Association), "Double Indignity" and "The Wet Nose of Danger" (2014 Book of the Year, CWA). Babes! Bullets! Banana peels! Please count your change before you leave the window.

Among his other books are "Tea Party Fairy Tales" (a Kindle Single Exclusive from Amazon) "Recut Madness" and "Apocalypse WOW!: A Memoir for the End of Time".

A former columnist with Chicago Magazine, Garner's writing has been broadcast on NPR and the BBC, and appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Playboy, and TV Guide.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- ''Honk, Honk, My Darling'' -- *Indie Book of the Year Award, Chicago Writers Association, 2011


-- "The Wet Nose of Danger"

-- *Book of the Year, Chicago Writers Association, 2014