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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Carl Hileman  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Southern Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Carl Hileman was born in Southern Illinois and now resides in a home he built for himself on the border of the Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Carl is an artist, photographer and songwriter who divides his time between Nashville, Tenneesee and Southern Illinois. His work has been exhibited in a number of museums, such as the Cedarhurst Museum in Mt. Vernon, Illinois; and at Barrett House Galleries in Poughkeepsie, New York.

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Titles At Your Library

A Country Music Christmas
ISBN: 0517706849

Crown Publishers, Inc.. 1995

Thirty of today's top stars of country music--from longtime favorites to today's hottest new names--present their most cherished Christmas memories--and their favorite Christmas recipes--in this perfect holiday gift for all country music fans. Fifty beautiful hand-tinted photographs evoke the warm and nostalgic spirit of the season.

The Christmas Note
ISBN: 0966077601

Nashville Book. 1997

Cows: A Rumination
ISBN: 1578601878

Clerisy Press, Emmis Books. 2004

Carl Hileman's fine art photography exhibits have drawn enthusiastic viewers from around the country, mostly because his views of man's second-best friend are quirky, loving, and unique. In Cows: A Rumination, sixty of his photos are collected for the first time in book form. Using infrared, black-and-white film, his works give a glow to the cows that highlight their natural dignity and power. Words of bovine wisdom from a herd of notables — all of them, like their subjects, outstanding in their fields — pay homage to the cow in song, poetry, and humor. Contemporary contributors include renowned artist George Rodrigue, Nobel-prize winner Vernon L. Smith, and country music greats "Whisperin'" Bill Anderson, Larry Gatlin, Doug Kershaw, and Tanya Tucker. The book also includes classic ruminations from the likes of Robert Frost, Groucho Marx, and even Mrs. O'Leary, whose cow was mistakenly blamed for the great Chicago fire. By turns witty, bittersweet, and enlightening, Cows: A Rumination is a love poem to an often overlooked — but essential — member of our society.

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