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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Alex Shaker  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1968 in Brooklyn, NY

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Illinois Connection

Alex now lives in Chicago, Illinois

Biographical and Professional Information

Alex Shakar’s latest novel, Luminarium, was the winner of the 2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction. It was also named a Notable Book of the year by The Washington Post, an Editor’s Choice by The New York Times, and a best book of the year by Publishers Weekly, Booklist, the Austin Chronicle, and the Kansas City Star. His novel The Savage Girl was a New York Times Notable Book. His story collection City in Love won the FC2 National Fiction Competition. A Brooklyn native, he now lives in Chicago, and teaches fiction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Published Works

  • The Savage Girl , Harper, 2001
  • City in Love: The New York Metamorphoses , Fiction collection, 1996
  • Look Sauvage (Translated by Daniel Lemoine), Au diable Vauvert, 2003
  • Luminarium, SoHo, 2012

Selected Titles At Your Library

The savage girl :
ISBN: 0066209870. OCLC Number:

HarperCollinsPublishers,. New York :. ©2001.

In a novel about the effects of consumerism on society, a young woman travels to Middle City to help her fashion model sister recover from a suicide attempt.

City in love :
ISBN: 157366023X. OCLC Number:

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It is the year 1 B.C. and New York City is a place to behold: staggeringly vast, dangerous, seductive, and strange. It is a place where a museum guard inscribes a secret message into the streets of Manhattan; a troubled Queens schoolgirl becomes the most powerful superhero in the city; and an Alphabet City sculptor constructs his ideal woman from eighty-eight rubber bands, a tattered umbrella, and the bones of a fish. The street odysseys of these and other characters.

Luminarium :
ISBN: 1616951834. OCLC Number:

Soho Press,. New York :. ©2011.

"Shakar takes measure of our post-9/11 existential confusion in a technology-avid but sciencephobic, 'ever-complexifying world.' A radiantly imaginative social critic, Shakar is also a knowledgeable and intrepid explorer of metaphysical and neurological mysteries. With beguiling characters trapped in ludicrous and revelatory predicaments, this is a cosmic, incisively funny kaleidoscopic tale of loss, chaos, and yearning."--Booklist, Starred review.


  • Luminarium,
  • Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Fiction

  • City in Love,
  • FC2 National Fiction Competition

    Speaking Engagements

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