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General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction

Born: Chicago, Illinois

Illinois Connection

Gartz was born and raised in Chicago's West Garfield Park neighborhood, where she attended Tilton Elementary School and then Luther High School North. She majored in German at Northwestern University and went on to earn her Masters of Arts in Teaching there as well. She has lived most of her adult life in Evanston.

Biographical and Professional Information

Linda Gartz is a six-time Emmy-award-honored television producer, blogger, essay writer, and author of the memoir, Redlined.

Redlined was inspired by the trove of long-hidden family diaries, letters, photos, documents, (and so much more), which she discovered in her parents' attic after their deaths. Once she began reading, she was instantly gripped by the power of her family's words to take her into the minds and hearts of each family member. Every new detail she learned fueled her quest to discover what forces had undermined her parents' marriage and fractured her community. The result is Redlined.

Linda taught elementary school for a total of nine years. Eager for a new challenge, she took a video producing class, which hooked her on pursuing a career in television production. She started networking to get a foot in the door.

Since then, Linda has worked for all the major TV networks in Chicago, mostly on documentaries but also producing magazine pieces and consumer segments for the local ABC 4 p.m. newscast. Her productions have aired on PBS, ABC, CBS and Investigation Discovery Channel, syndicated nation-wide.

Her educational videos include Begin with Love, hosted by Oprah Winfrey and Grandparenting, hosted by Maya Angelou.

Linda has published articles and essays in literary journals, online, and in local and national magazines and newspapers, including The Chicago Tribune.

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Titles At Your Library


-- """Redlined""" *Silver Medal in Non-Fiction―Social Issues, Readers' Favorites Book Awards, 2018 *Finalist in Multicultural Non-Fiction, International Book Awards *Honorable Mention, Biography/Autobiography, New York Book Festival Award, 2018 *Book of the Year, Nonfiction, Chicago Writers Association, 2018