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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Greg Herriges  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1950 Highland Park, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Herriges grew up in Highland Park, Illinois. He graduated from Kendall College and the University of Illinois. Currently, he teaches English and createive writing a William Rainey harper College in Palantine, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Herriges essays and short storied have appeared in: The South Carolina Review, The Literary Review, Story Quarterly and Great Britain's World Wide Writers. His first article, ''Inherit The Streets'', was published in March of 1978 in the Chicago Tribune Magazine. A professor of English at William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, Illinois, Herriges also teaches a major survey course in Rock and Roll. He has also co-produced a DVD documentary film about Chicago garage rock bands. For more information on the film or Herriges, go to: [].

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Someplace Safe
ISBN: 0380698978

Avon Books. 1985

Lenny Blake has difficulty adjusting to his parents' divorce, gets into trouble at school, and faces possible expulsion

Secondary Attachments
ISBN: 0688061710

William Morrow & Co. 1986

Johnny Spector, a high-school teacher on Chicago's north-west side, becomes increasingly disillusioned with his life and the violence of the streets until he meets Marlyn Valentin, a student who challenges his growing indifference

The Winter Dance Party Murders (The Wordcraft Speculative Writers Series)
ISBN: 1877655260

Wordcraft of Oregon. 1998

One-hit wonder Rudy Keen is talking at last, and what he has to say about the seedy underside of the rock & roll world of the 50's & 60's will shake, rattle and roll the recording industry down to its core, and shock die-hard fans. Rock legends Sam Cooke, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Ritchie Valens, the Big Bopper, Brian Jones, all murdered! But hold the presses for the really big news -- Buddy Holly survived that airplane crash in 1959! This satire on America's love of conspiracy by the author of Secondary Attachments and Someplace Safe is Number Eighteen in the Wordcraft Speculative Writers Series.

JD: Memoir of a Time and a Journey
ISBN: 1877655465

Wordcraft of Oregon, LLC. 2006

They set out to find J.D. Salinger. In the mid-1970s, hiding out for nearly a decade, J.D. Salinger was already a literary legend, the lost leader and vanished wiseman of millions of readers around the world, from the USA to USSR. An unreachable hero. Or was he? Enter inner-city teacher Greg Herriges, determined to fulfill his dream of meeting and speaking with the reclusive author. Herriges' tale is a double helix narrative of personal quest and romantic love as he and his former girlfriend, both young, big city high school teachers, hit the road one summer Kerouac-style, on a mission to find the hidden giant, discovering America--and themselves--along the way.

The Bay of Marseilles and Other Stories
ISBN: 0982692196

Serving House Books. 2011

These stories, Greg Herriges says, were born of individual, fleeting glimpses and memories, seemingly unbound by any linear reason. But once they were arranged in this collection, the recurring themes were evident—of desire and loss, of the intense isolation each of us necessarily endures and struggles with, as well as the redemptive—if sometimes elusive—power of love. Some of the stories are new, appearing here for the first time in print others were published before on either side of the Atlantic. All of them evidence the expansive range of Herriges’s imaginative vision, the distinctive richness of his voice, informed by the conjoined power of his musical and literary talents and experience. Greg Herriges’s stories will make you remember the breaking and the mending of your heart.

ISBN: 0985849541

Serving House Books. 2013

John Spector is a seasoned high school teacher with 22 years in the trenches of a ghetto school filled with struggling teenagers, gangs, apathetic students— but also students "who make an indelible impression, kids with souls and hearts as big as the world." We get the whole spectrum from Spector, a brave and decent soul, a soft touch, too nice, too caring perhaps. Herriges spent many years as a high school teacher. He brings substance and legitimacy to Streethearts. The authenticity of his narrative comes across in every line of every page, many of them packed with witty and sparkling dialogue, at times genuinely humorous, occasionally grim or even horrific, but always candid, always down-to-earth, always reliable.

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