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Joanne E. Zienty

Born: in Chicago, Illinois
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Zienty was born and raised on Chicago's South Side. She attended the University of Chicago, earned her teaching certificate from Roosevelt University and a Master's in Library and Information Sciences from Dominican University. She currently resides in Wheaton.

Biography: Joanne Zienty book, The Things We Save, was named the 2014 winner of the Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project. She grew up on the South Side of Chicago and vividly remembers the 'glow of industry' that lit the night sky with an orange haze. She attended the University of Chicago and Roosevelt University, has a Master's in Library and Information Science from Dominican University and works as a library director for an elementary school district.

  • Children of the Revolution Winner, Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project, 2014

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

Children of the Revolution /
ISBN: 1733688102 OCLC: 1232088638

Shaherazade Press 2020

A girl. A gun. Monsters. When her farming community is consumed in the ruthless jaws of a corporate monster, 16-year-old Merit finds herself face to face with a different kind of beast, one possessing a human form but a mind bent on one thing and one thing alone: her destruction. Then a chance encounter with a legend turns her mad dash for survival into an odyssey of revenge as she sets out to hunt down the men who destroyed all that she loves. But in pursuing the monsters, will she become one herself? Is it possible to embark on a journey of destruction without digging your own grave? In her beginning lies their end. This action-packed adventure takes you on a fast and furious journey through the Protectorate, a dystopian landscape wracked by environmental disaster, in the ruins of a place known as the Old Republic, where water is the most precious commodity and people are expendable pawns in the game of survival.

The Things We Save /
ISBN: 1463696248 OCLC: 767838613

CreateSpace 2011

The story of the ways, both subtle and brutal, that a family falls apart and the intimate struggle to put what remains back together.