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Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Scott Simon  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1952 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Simon is a Chicago native.

Biographical and Professional Information

Scott Simon is one of America’s most admired writers and broadcasters. He has reported from all fifty states, five continents, and ten wars, from El Salvador to Sarajevo to Afghanistan and Iraq. His books have chronicled character and characters, in war and peace, sports and art, tragedy and comedy.

Published Works

  • Home and Away, Memoir of a Fan, Hyperion, 1997
  • Pretty Birds: A Novel, Random House 2006
  • Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball, Wiley, 2007
  • Windy City: A Novel of Politics, Random House 2008
  • Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other: In Praise of Adoption, Random House, 2010

Selected Titles At Your Library

Home and away :
ISBN: 078686415X. OCLC Number:

Hyperion,. New York :. ©2000.

A devout sports fan and NPR commentator discusses the influence of sports and larger-than-life sports figures on his life.

Pretty birds :
ISBN: 0812973305. OCLC Number:

Random House Trade Paperbacks,. New York :. 2006.

Brutalized and forced into hiding by the Bosnian Serbs' war of ethnic cleansing, Irena, a Muslim high-school basketball star, is separated from her best friend, Amela, a Christian, and is recruited to become a sniper.

Jackie Robinson and the integration of baseball /
ISBN: 0470170417. OCLC Number:

J. Wiley & Sons,. Hoboken, N.J. :. ©2002.

The NPR Weekend Edition broadcaster recounts the 1947 integration of major league baseball, capturing the drama of Jackie Robinson's first year in baseball.

Windy city :
ISBN: 1400065577. OCLC Number:

Random House,. New York :. ©2008.

A widower transplanted from India with two Americanized daughters, Sonny Roopini, an alderman in Chicago's city government, finds himself thrust into the limelight thanks to the sudden death of the mayor.

Baby, we were meant for each other :
ISBN: 1400068495. OCLC Number:

Random House,. New York :. ©2010.

In this warm, funny, and wise new book, NPR's award-winning and beloved Scott Simon tells the story of how he and his wife found true love with two tiny strangers from the other side of the world.


Peabody Award - special citation for his weekly essays Studs Terkel Award

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Contact Information

Weekend Edition 635 Massachusetts Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20001