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Mary Wisniewski

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Connection to Illinois: Wisniewski works in Chicago.

Biography: Mary Wisniewski is a reporter and columnist at the Chicago Tribune. A former Reuters reporter covering Midwest crime and politics and a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, Wisniewski has won numerous awards for reporting and teaches creative writing. Her biography of Chicago writer Nelson Algren, 'Algren: A Life,' won praise from multiple publications, including the New York Times and Chicago Magazine, which called it 'a captivating book that reads like a novel.' She is an active participant in the Nelson Algren Committee and appears frequently on local television and radio.

  • ''Algren: A Life'',
  • -- Chicago Writers Association Nonfiction Book of the Year (2017) Society of Midland Authors Literary Award in Biography (2017)

Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

Algren: A Life
ISBN: 1613735324 OCLC: 944408123

Chicago Review Press 2016

Algren: A Life is a new biography of Chicago writer Nelson Algren, author of The Man with the Golden Arm, A Walk on the Wild Side, Never Come Morning, multiple short stories, and travel essays--