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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Eckhard Gerdes  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1959

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Illinois Connection

Gerdes lives in Geneva, Illinois and attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gerdes is an American novelist and editor. He earned his MFA in creative writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Belighted fiction
ISBN: 0595184367. OCLC Number: 49387955

Writers Club Press ;. .

Cistern Tawdry /
ISBN: 1879193094. OCLC Number: 182581725

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How to read /
ISBN: 1935738682. OCLC Number: 1030897253

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"The dominant method of reading works for simple linear texts, but it is by no means the only way to go about reading and excludes many other types of texts. In How to Read, veteran novelist, editor and educator Eckhard Gerdes reveals 81 different approaches for reading, opening up new horizons that restrictive educators have been blocking from view for far too long. This innovative guidebook will enrich the experience of textuality for young and old readers alike."--Back cover.

Hugh Moore
ISBN: 9780984603763. OCLC Number: 755926811

CCM (Civil Coping Mechanism),. .

John Barth, bearded bards & splitting hairs /
ISBN: 059520466X. OCLC Number: 229457826

Writers Club Press ;. .

My landlady the lobotomist /
ISBN: 1933293608. OCLC Number: 233592014

Raw Dog Screaming Press,. .

Przewalkski's horse
ISBN: 9781597092036. OCLC Number: 835771031

Red Hen Press,. .

Przewalski's horse :
ISBN: 1597090204. OCLC Number: 138012693

Red Hen Press,. .

"Keith and Shelly Fine have been living a typical working class life in Dubuque, Iowa. He's a postal worker, they have a little son named Bobby, and Shelly's a bartender who's cheating on her husband. When Keith discovers her infidelity, he leaves his job, his family, and his home and hits the road. He hopes to find some remaining fragment of who he had once been. He's been following a newspaper column called "Adrian's Adventures" in the Chicago Daily Mail, and, though entertaining, these columns get under his skin. He sets off for Chicago, where he had lived once, in order to confront this 'Adrian,' who sounds like he knows every thing, and to reconnect with his own earlier life. En route he comes across an assortment of very odd characters, including a tavern-sponsored softball team, a biker named Chowder Rat who writes "biker fiction," a pretentious upper-class couple who belong to a religious cult, and eventually Adrian himself, a man whose real name is Jackson Berlin and who is suffering from delusions of a Martian invasion. Keith eventually realizes that Keith has feelings for a single mother named June who works at a diner he had gone to for a long time, so he eventually turns his attention away from the disconnection of life on the fringe of society and works towards building a new life with a new family, even turning his back on Bobby. Keith, apparently, is caught up in his own personal hegira, and eventually has to escape himself and retreat into the safety of relationship."--BOOK JACKET.

Ring in a river /
ISBN: 0595183557. OCLC Number: 49388144

Authors Choice Press ;. .

The million-year centipede, or, Liquid structures /
ISBN: 1933293357. OCLC Number: 237816760

Raw Dog Screaming Press,. .

"Wakelin, frontman of seminal rock group The Hinge, once wrote a poem so prophetic that to ignore its wisdom is to doom yourself to drown in blood. After realizing the power of his words he faked his own death. Now one obsessed fan is tracking Wakelin down ... can he be found before it's too late?"--Page 4 of cover.

The Sylvia Plath Cookbook :
ISBN: 1105871673. OCLC Number: 884731089

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The unwelcome guest ; plus, Nin and Nan
ISBN: 9781926617138. OCLC Number: 637438026

Enigmatic Ink,. .

Truly fine citizen :
ISBN: 0913617091. OCLC Number: 19667007

Highlander Press,. .

An unremarkable bookstore manager has interplanetary responsibilities that take him from this world to others.