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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Gary Buslik  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1948 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Gary still lives in a Chicago suburb.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gary Buslik is an American novelist, short story writer, travel writer, and essayist. He earned his Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Gary Buslik's work has been nominated several times for the prestigious Pushcart Prize.

Published Works

  • The Missionary's Position , Sunny Books, 1999
  • A Rotten Person Travels the Caribbean, Traveler's Tales Guides, 2008
  • Akhmed and the Atomic Matzo Balls: A Novel of International Intrigue, Pork-Crazed Termites, and Motherhood, Traveler's Tales Guides/Solas House, 2012

Selected Titles At Your Library

The missionary's position :
ISBN: 0966551303. OCLC Number:

Sunny Books,. New York :. ©1999.

Evanston graduate, Gary Buslik, portrays the fun and sun of the Caribbean in this story about a rich woman, her daughter, and the opposition.

Akhmed and the atomic matzo balls :
ISBN: 1609520696. OCLC Number:

Travelers' Tales,. Berkeley, CA :. ©2012.

Iranian president Akhmed teams up with the leaders of Venezuela and Cuba and their American intelligence agents to smuggle radioactive matzo balls into Miami Beach. But intelligence being as slippery a concept to these nincompoops as chicken fat on linoleum, when each member of the gang decides to ladle out his own personal nuke soup, holy terror Akhmed is left steaming. Will his plan to destroy America float like a fly or sink like a lead dumpling?. Star-crossed lovers, conniving academics, and blustery social climbers collide with ravenous termites, international do-badders, and multi-level.


  • Benjamin Franklin Book of the Year Award,
  • A Rotten Person Travels the Caribbean

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