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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  James Martin  

Pen Name: James Conroyd Martin


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1946 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Illinois Connection

Martin lives in Chicago and is an English and creative writing teacher at Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights, Illinois. He holds degrees from St. Ambrose and DePaul Universities.

Biographical and Professional Information

Martin is a teacher and the award-winning author of ''Push Not the River'', a novel based on the actual diary of a countess who lived through the rise and fall of Poland's Third of May Constitution in 1790s. and ''Against a Crimson Sky'', which continues the family saga into the Napoleonic era.

Published Works

  • The Warsaw Conspiracy, St. Martins Press, 2012
  • Against A Crimson Sky, St. Martins Press, 2007
  • Push Not the River, St. Martins Press, 2003

Selected Titles At Your Library

The Warsaw conspiracy /
ISBN: 0615741916. OCLC Number:

Hussar Quill Press,. Chicago, Ill. :. 2012.

"Martin's passionate saga of Poland and its long struggle for autonomy continues in The Warsaw Conspiracy. Here he examines the dreams and heartbreak of a brave insurrection against the Russian czars and the rise of Josef Stelnicki, one of those thrilling military warriors, uniquely Polish, called hussars."--Publisher.

Against a crimson sky /
ISBN: 0312326831. OCLC Number:

Thomas Dunne Books,. New York :. 2007.

General Adult. In the aftermath of Polands violent 1794 dissolution and his marriage to the countess Anna Maria Berezowska, Jan Stelnicki enlists in the military to help ensure a sovereign nation for his children, while his best friend despairs of a relationship with Annas cousin, who has her sights set on the emperor Napoleon. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.

Push not the river /
ISBN: 0312311532. OCLC Number:

Griffin/Thomas Dunne,. New York, N.Y. :. 2004.


  • Gold Medal from the American Institute of Polish Culture for
  • Push Not the River


    Against a Crimson Sky

  • James was honored at the 2004 Illinois Authors Book Fair sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and the Illinois State Library in Springfield, Illinois.

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