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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Porter Shreve  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1966 in Washington DC


-- Website -- http://www.portershreve.com
-- Porter Shreve on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=porter++shreve


Illinois Connection

Shreve lives in Chicago and West LaFayette, Indiana with his wife and writer Bich Minh Nguyen.

Biographical and Professional Information

Shreve is the author of the acclaimed novel The Obituary Writer, which was a New York Times Notable Book and a Book Sense 76 pick. Shreve, whom Lorrie Moore has hailed as a "wonderful and accomplished" writer, currently directs the Creative Writing Program at Purdue University.


Published Works

    The Obituary Writer , Houghton-Mifflin, 2000Drives Like A Dream, Houghton-Mifflin, 2005When the White House Was Ours, Houghton-Mifflin, 2008


Selected Titles At Your Library

The obituary writer /
ISBN: 0395981328. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin,. Boston :. 2000.

In 1989, twenty-two-year-old Gordie Hatch takes a job as an obituary writer for the St. Louis Independent, but an encounter with young widow Alice Whiting leads him on an obsessive quest in search of the truth behind the Whiting family.

Drives Like a Dream.
ISBN: 0618711929. OCLC Number:

Mariner Books. . 2006.

When the white house was ours /
ISBN: 0618722106. OCLC Number:

Houghton Mifflin Co.,. Boston :. 2008.

It's 1976, and while the country prepares to celebrate the bicentennial, Daniel Truitt's family is falling apart. His father, Pete, has been fired from yet another teaching job, and his mother, Valerie, is one step away from leaving for good. But when Pete lucks into a crumbling mansion in the nation's capital, he makes a bold plan to start a school under his own roof where students and teachers will be equals.


Awards

The Obituary Writer

was a 2000 New York Times Notable Book and a Borders Original Voices selection.

Drives Like a Dream

was a 2005 Chicago Tribune Book of the Year and a People "Great Reads" selection.

When the White House Was Ours

was a 2008 Chicago Tribune Book of the Year.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

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