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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Lowell B. Komie  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: N/A

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Illinois Connection

Lowell lives in Deerfield. He has been a resident of Illinois for over 50 years.

Biographical and Professional Information

Lowell B. Komie is a Chicago attorney and writer. He received his B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1951 and his J.D. from Northwestern University in 1954.

Published Works

  • The Judge`s Chambers and Other Stories, Academy of Chicago Publishers, 1987
  • The Lawyer`s Chambers and Other Stories, Swordfish Chicago Publishers, 1994
  • The Last Jewish Shortstop in America, Swordfish Chicago Publishers, 1997
  • The Night Swimmer-A Man in London and Other Stories, Swordfish Chicago Publishers, 1999
  • Conversations with a Golden Ballerina, Swordfish Chicago Publishers, 2001
  • The Humpback of Lodz, Swordfish Chicago Publishers, 2004
  • The Legal Fiction of Lowell B. Komie, Swordfish Chicago Publishers, 2005
  • The Silhouette Maker of Copenhagen, Swordfish Chicago Publishers, 2006
  • Hotel Europejski, Swordfish Chicago Publishers, 2007
  • In the Fear Zone, Swordfish Chicago Publishers, 2008
  • A Lawyer's Notes, Swordfish Chicago Publishers, 2008
  • The American Bookstore of Paris, Swordfish Chicago Publishers, 2009
  • Italia, Swordfish Chicago Publishers, 2011
  • The Speed Skater of Amsterdam, Swordfish Chicago Publishers, 2012

Selected Titles At Your Library

The judge's chambers and other stories /
ISBN: 0897332474. OCLC Number:

Academy Chicago Publishers,. Chicago, IL :. 1987.

The lawyer's chambers and other stories /
ISBN: 0964195704. OCLC Number:

Swordfish/Chicago,. Chicago :. 1994.

Winner of the 1995 Carl Sandburg Award for Fiction, The Lawyer's Chambers and Other Stories is a collection of 17 short stories, 11 of which are about the practice of law, while the remaining 6 cover various topics, ranging in setting from Warsaw and Prague to Montreal.

The last Jewish shortstop in America :
ISBN: 0964195712. OCLC Number:

Swordfish/Chicago,. Chicago :. 1997.

The night swimmer :
ISBN: 0964195720. OCLC Number:

Swordfish/Chicago,. Chicago :. ©1999.

Conversations with a golden ballerina :
ISBN: 0964195739. OCLC Number:

Swordfish,. Chicago :. 2001.

The humpback of Lodz /
ISBN: 0964195747. OCLC Number:

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The legal fiction of Lowell B. Komie.
ISBN: 0964195755. OCLC Number:

Swordfish/Chicago Publishers,. Chicago :. ©2005.

Since the Louis Auchincloss collections of the 1950s and 1960s, there have been few collections of legal short fiction written by a practicing American lawyer outside the genres of crime and legal thriller fiction. Here is a new collection by Lowell B. Komie of Chicago, published to celebrate his fiftieth year in the practice of law. Lowell B. Komie's first collection of short stories, The Judge's Chambers, was published by the American Bar Association in 1983. It was the first collection of fiction published by the ABA in its more than 100-year history. His second collection, The Lawyer's Chambers and Other Stories, published by Swordfish Chicago in 1995, won the Carl Sandburg Award for fiction from the Friends of the Chicago Public Library. This new collection of twenty-nine stories, The Legal Fiction of Lowell B. Komie, centered in Chicago, brings together many of the stories in those collections with new stories that have been published since the earlier volumes, the latest having been written in 2004.

The silhouette maker of Copenhagen :
ISBN: 0964195763. OCLC Number:

Swordfish/Chicago Publishers,. Deerfield, Ill. :. ©2006.

Hotel Europejski :
ISBN: 0964195771. OCLC Number:

Swordfish/Chicago,. Chicago :. 2007.

In the fear zone :
ISBN: 0964195798. OCLC Number:

Swordfish/Chicago,. Deerfield, IL :. ©2008.

A lawyer's notes /
ISBN: 096419578X. OCLC Number:

Swordfish/Chicago,. Deerfield, IL :. ©2008.

The American bookstore of Paris :
ISBN: 0615294367. OCLC Number:

Swordfish/Chicago,. Deerfield, IL :. ©2009.

Italia /
ISBN: 0615421687. OCLC Number:

Swordfish/Chicago,. Deerfield, IL :. ©2011.

The speed skater of Amsterdam /
ISBN: 1467521507. OCLC Number:

Swordfish/Chicago,. Deerfield, Ill. :. ©2012.


  • Carl Sandburg Award for Fiction in 1995 for
  • Lawyers Chambers and Other Stories

  • Small Press Award for Fiction at Book America Chicago in 1998 for
  • The Last Jewish Shortstop in America

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