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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Porter Shreve  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1966 in Washington DC

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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.


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

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Drives Like a Dream.
ISBN: 0618711929. OCLC Number: 149615440

Mariner Books. .

The obituary writer /
ISBN: 0395981328. OCLC Number: 42420862

Houghton Mifflin,. .

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.

When the white house was ours
ISBN: 9780547996141. OCLC Number: 797832333

Houghton Mifflin Co.,. .

When the white house was ours /
ISBN: 0618722106. OCLC Number: 213385015

Houghton Mifflin Co.,. .

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.