Pen Name: Jillian Karr (co-authored books with Jill Gregory), Karen Katz
Born: September 1, 1948 in East Lansing, Michigan
Karen wrote about the Cherry Mine Disaster in Cherry, Illinois - the worst mine fire in US history.
Biographical and Professional Information
Karen Tintori is the non-fiction pen name of Karen Katz, a multi-published author of both fiction and non-fiction. Trapped: The 1909 Cherry Mine Disaster is her first solo book. Under the pen name Jillian Karr, she co-authored Something Borrowed, Something Blue, which was turned into a two-hour movie of the week for CBS Television. A second Jillian Karr novel is entitled Catch Me if You Can. The authors' first collaboration was What Does Being Jewish Mean? Her book Unto the Daughters: Love, Honor and Death in a Sicilian Family, is a non-fiction book that centers on a long-held secret in her mother's family.
Karen graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit, where she majored in journalism and covered the campus for the New York Times. She was an assistant editor on the FTD FLORIST Magazine and had a successful career in public relations before she began writing books.
- What Does Being Jewish Mean, Fireside (Simon & Schuster), 1991 - written with Rabbi E.B. Freedman and Jan Greenberg
- Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Doubleday, 1993 - as Jillian Karr
- Catch Me if You Can, Avon, 1996 - as Jillian Karr
- Trapped: The 1909 Cherry Mine Disaster, Atria Books (Simon & Schuster), 2002
- The Book of Names, St. Martins Press, 2007 - with Jill Gregory
- Unto the Daughters, St. Martins Press, 2007
- The Illumination,St. Martins Press, 2009
Titles for Purchase and at Your Library
What Does Being Jewish Mean?: Read-Aloud Responses to Questions Jewish Children Ask About History, Culture, and Religion
Release Date: 2003-09-03
Something Borrowed, Something Blue
Release Date: 1995-01-05
Catch Me If You Can (G K Hall Large Print Book Series)
Release Date: 1997-09
The Book of Names: A Novel
Release Date: 2008-02-05
Unto the Daughters: The Legacy of an Honor Killing in a Sicilian-American Family
Release Date: 2008-07-08
The Illumination: A Novel
Release Date: 2009-12-01
Karen was honored at the 2004 Illinois Authors Book Fair sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and the Illinois State Library in Springfield, Illinois.
Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances
Speaking Engagement Availability: Yes, for author appearances and other professional business, please contact Karen's agent -
Sally Wofford-Girand Literary Agency
Brickhouse Literary Agents
80 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1101-03
New York, NY 10011
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