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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Kenan Heise  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1933 in Ferndale, Michigan

-- Kenan Heise on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Kenan Heise lived in Evanston, Illinois

Biographical and Professional Information

Kenan Heise is an award winning journalist, poet, and historian. He was a staff writer and reporter for the Chicago Tribune for thirty-four years. He was also proprietor of ''Chicago Historical Bookworks'' in Evanston from 1985 until he closed the store in 2002.

Published Works

  • They Speak For Themselves: Interviews With the Destitute of Chicago, Young Christian Workers, 1965
  • The Death of Christmas, Follett, 1971
  • Is There Only One Chicago, Westover, 1973
  • How to Survive in Chicago and Enjoy It, Crown, 1975
  • Journey of Silas P. Bigelow, College, 1981
  • Chicago, Center for Enterprise An Illustrated History, Windsor, 1982
  • Aunt Ella Stories, Academy Chicago Pub., 1985
  • Hands On Chicago, Bonus Books, 1987
  • Chaos, Creativity and Culture, A Sampling of Chicago in the 20th Century, Gibbs, Smith, 1988
  • The Chicagoization of American: 1893-1917, Chicago Historical BookWorks, 1989
  • Alphonse: A One Man Play Based on the Words of Al Capone, Chicago Historical BookWorks, 1989
  • Chicago Originals A Cast of The City`s Colorful Characters, Bonus Books, 1990
  • Resurrection Mary: A Ghost Story, Chicago Historical BookWorks, 1990
  • Renumbering of Chicago Residences, 1909: A Guide, Chicago Historical BookWorks, 1992
  • Clarence Darrow in Hell: A Play in Two Acts, Chicago Historical BookWorks, 1993
  • The Sandburg Shelf: A Bibliography and Annotated Price Guide to the Works of Carl Sandburg, Chicago Historical BookWorks, 1993
  • Tales from an Urban Wilderness, Chicago Historical BookWorks, 1994
  • Our Dinosaurs Are Dying: New American Poetry, Chicago Historical BookWorks, 1994
  • Chicago The Beautiful A City Reborn, Bonus Books, 2001
  • The Witch of Ferndale: And More Aunt Ella Stories, AuthorHouse, 2002
  • The Sin of Obedience, AuthorHouse, 2004
  • Challenging the Daley Machine: A Chicago Alderman's Memoir (Chicago Lives), AuthorHouse, 2004
  • Chicago Afternoons with Leon, AuthorHouse, 2007''

Selected Titles At Your Library

The death of Christmas :
ISBN: 0695802747. OCLC Number:

[Follett Pub. Co.],. [Chicago] :. 1971.

Is there only one Chicago?
ISBN: 0878580344. OCLC Number:

Westover Pub. Co.. Richmond, Va.]. [1973]

How to survive in Chicago and enjoy it /
ISBN: 0517517787. OCLC Number:

Barre Pub. :. New York :. [1975]

The journey of Silas P. Bigelow /
ISBN: 0938728008. OCLC Number:

Collage,. Wheeling, Ill. :. ©1981.

Chicago, center for enterprise :
ISBN: 0897810414. OCLC Number:

Windsor Publications,. Woodland Hills, Calif. :. 1982.

Aunt Ella stories /
ISBN: 0897331400. OCLC Number:

Academy Chicago,. Chicago, Ill. :. 1985.

Hands on Chicago /
ISBN: 0933893280. OCLC Number:

Bonus Books,. Chicago :. ©1987.

Provides brief entries about Chicago history, characters, architecture, and places; also serves as a guide book.

Chaos, creativity, and culture :
ISBN: 0879050543. OCLC Number:

Gibbs Smith Publisher,. Salt Lake City :. [1998]

Covers the cultural life of Chicago in the twentieth century in art, music, literature, architecture, and theater.

The Chicagoization of America, 1893-1917 /
ISBN: 0924772018. OCLC Number:

Chicago Historical Bookworks,. Evanston, IL :. ©1990.

Alphonse :
ISBN: 092477200X. OCLC Number:

Chicago Historical Bookworks,. Evanston, IL :. ©1989.

Chicago originals :
ISBN: 1566250331. OCLC Number:

Bonus Books,. Chicago :. ©1995.

Examines various influential or notable figures from Chicago's history, including athletes, politicians, gangsters, artists, and more, organized by decade from the 1830s through the 1990s.

Resurrection Mary :
ISBN: 0924772093. OCLC Number:

Chicago Historical Bookworks,. Chicago, Ill. :. ©1990.

Clarence Darrow in hell :
ISBN: 0924772204. OCLC Number:

Chicago Historical Bookworks,. Evanston, IL :. ©1993.

Dan Heise is an ETHS alumnus, class of 1986.

The Sandburg shelf :
ISBN: 0924772239. OCLC Number:

Chicago Historical Bookworks,. Evanston, Ill. :. 1993.

Tales from an urban wilderness /
ISBN: 0924772255. OCLC Number:

Chicago Historical Bookworks,. Evanston, Il. :. 1994.

Our dinosaurs are dying :
ISBN: 0924772263. OCLC Number:

Chicago Historical Bookworks,. Evanston, IL :. ©1994.

Chicago the beautiful :
ISBN: 1566251648. OCLC Number:

Bonus Books,. Chicago :. ©2001.

Challenging the Daley machine :
ISBN: 0810122235. OCLC Number:

Northwestern University Press,. Evanston, Ill. :. 2005.

"In Mayor Richard J. Daley's fifty-member Chicago City Council, Alderman Leon M. Despres frequently faced defeats of forty-nine to one. Council meetings were manipulated by Robert's Rules of Order so that Despres was not allowed to speak or was continually interrupted. And when he did get a chance to talk, his microphone would often be turned off. Yet he fought on relentlessly, eventually winning on one major issue after another."

Chicago afternoons with Leon :
ISBN: 1434347370. OCLC Number:

AuthorHouse,. [Bloomington, Ind.] :. 2007.



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