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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jonathan Messinger  

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Born: in Boston, Massachusettes

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Messinger lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Messinger is a writer, editor and performer. He has contributed his fiction writing to the zine ''McSweeney's'', among many other major and alternative publications. When he attended Clark University and was the editor of the student magazine ''The Wheatbread''. Messinger was also the editor of ''THISisGRAND'', a web magazine chronicling true stories on Chicago's public transit. He is currently the books editor for ''Time Out Chicago''. Messinger's first published collection of short stories, ''Hiding Out'', was released in 2007 through Featherproof books, an independent publisher which he cofounded in 2005 in combination with fellow writer Zach Dodson.

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Hiding out
ISBN: 9780977199235. OCLC Number: 436044714

Featherproof Books,. .

Nothing is as it seems: A jilted lover dons robot armor to win back the heart of an ex-girlfriend; an angel loots the home of a single father; a teenager finds the key to everlasting life in a video game. In this much-anticipated debut, one of Chicago's most exciting young writers has crafted playful and empathic tales of misguided lonely hearts. Sparkling with humor and showcasing an array of styles, Hiding Out features characters dodging consequences while trying desperately to connect.