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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Dan Chaon  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT C:YA Fiction

Born: 1964 in Sidney, Nebraska


Illinois Connection

Chaon graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston.

Biographical and Professional Information

Dan Chaon is the acclaimed author of Among the Missing, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. His fiction has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including ''The Best American Short Stories'', ''Pushcart Prize'', and ''The O. Henry Prize Stories''. A finalist for the National Magazine Award in Fiction, Chaon was also the recipient of the 2006 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. A graduate from Northwestern Illinois University, Chaon received his MFA from Syracuse. He currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio, and teaches at Oberlin College, where he is the Pauline M. Delaney Professor of Creative Writing.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- '''''Among the Missing''''' *Finalist, National Book Award '''''You Remind Me of Me''''' *Best Books of the Year, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, The Christian Science Monitor and Entertainment Weekly '''''Await Your Reply''''' *Notable Book, New York Times *2006 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters