James McManus

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General Information

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Name: James McManus

Pen Name: None

Born: 1951 in New York City, New York

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jim.mcmanus.322?fref=ts

Email: arramc@msn.com

Photo Credit: Aynsley Floyd

Illinois Connection

McManus lives in Kenilworth and teaches at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

James McManus is a New York Times bestselling author. He is a poker player, teacher, novelist and poet. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Believer, Paris Review, Esquire, and in Best American anthologies for poetry, sports writing, science and nature, and magazine writing.

Both of McManus' degrees came from the University of Illinois Chicago - Bachelor of Arts in 1974 and Master of Arts in 1977. He currently teaches writing and comparative literature at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, including a course on the literature and science of poker.

McManus was interviewed by Dan Klefstad, Morning Edition Host & Book Series Editor of Northern Public Radio (WNIU/WNIJ/NIRIS) for the #WNIJReadWithME Winter Book Series. To access the December 28, 2015 interview, click here.

Published Works

  • Antonio Salazar is Dead, Syncline, 1979
  • Out of the Blue, Crown, 1984
  • Chin Music, Crown, 1985
  • Curtains, New & Selected Stories, Another Chicago Press, 1985
  • Ghost Waves, Grove Press, 1988
  • Great America, Poems, Harper Perennial, 1993
  • Going to the Sun, Harper Collins, 1996
  • Positively Fifth Street, Murders, Cheetahs and Binion`s World Series of Poker, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2004
  • Physical, Farrar, Straus and Giroux , 2005
  • Cowboys Full: The Story of Poker, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009
  • The Education of a Poker Player, BOA Editions Ltd. 2015

Titles at Your Library

Antonio Salazar Is Dead

ISBN: 0960379401
Release Date: 1980-03

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Out of the Blue

ISBN: 0517551446
Release Date: 1992-01-30

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Chin music: A novel

Release Date: 1987


ISBN: 0961464402
Release Date: 1986-06

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Going to the Sun: A Novel

ISBN: 0312423292
Release Date: 2004-03-01

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Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion's World Series of Poker

Release Date: 2007-04-01

Physical: An American Checkup

ISBN: 0312426496
Release Date: 2006-12-12

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Cowboys Full: The Story of Poker

ISBN: 0374299242
Release Date: 2009-10-27

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The Education of a Poker Player (American Reader)

ISBN: 1938160851
Release Date: 2015-10-13

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Literary Awards

Going to the Sun

  • Sandburg Award
  • Society of Midland Authors Award, 1997

Positively Fifth Street

  • Society of Midland Authors Award, 2004

Cowboys Full

  • Society of Midland Authors Award, 2010

The Education of a Poker Player

  • Kirkus Prize for Fiction Nominee, 2015

Other Awards:

  • Peter Lisagor Award for sports journalism.
  • 2010 Lois Wilson Mackey ’45 Distinguished Professor, Beloit College
  • 2006 National Magazine Award Finalist for Esquire article on stem-cell research
  • 1997 Bellagio Residency, Rockefeller Foundation
  • 1994 Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: Yes

Contact Information:

Department of Liberal Arts

Art Institute of Chicago

37 South Wabash Avenue

Chicago, Illinois 60603-3002

External Links

James McManus on WorldCat


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