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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Sam Weller  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1967 in Lake Forest, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Weller was born in Lake Forest, Illinois and currently resides in Chicago. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Weller is a teacher, journalist and author, best known as Ray Bradbury's official biographer. In 2005 he wrote the book ''The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury''. Weller also lectures frequently on the life and works of Ray Bradbury.He has also recently partnered with colleague Mort Castle to assemble a group of literary giants to pay tribute to Ray Bradbury with an anthology ''Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury''. Among the Illinois authors participating in the anthology are Jay Bonansinga, Audrey Niffenegger, John McNally, Julie Keller and Joe Meno.Weller is the former Midwest Correspondent for ''Publisher's Weekly'', former staff writer for the alternative weekly Newcity, a regular contributor to the ''Chicago Tribune Magazine'', a regular literary critic for the ''Chicago Tribune'', ''Chicago Sun-Times'', and the now defunct ''Punk Planet'' magazine. He is also a contributing writer for the Chicago Public Radio program 848, and his work has appeared on the National Public Radio program ''All Things Considered''. He is also a contributor to In addition to freelance writing, Weller is also a full time faculty member of the Fiction Department at Columbia College Chicago.

Published Works

  • Secret Chicago: The Unique guidebook to Chicago's Hidden Sites, Sounds & Tastes , ECW Press, 2000
  • The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury , William Morrow, 2005
  • Listen to the Echoes: The Ray Bradbury Interviews, Stop Smiling Books, 2010

Selected Titles At Your Library

Secret Chicago :
ISBN: 155022493X. OCLC Number:

ECW Press,. Toronto [Ont.] :. ©2002.

New visitors and longtime residents alike will find unique locales in this guide to the Second City's hidden treasures. Far beyond the predictable tourist routes, these listings reveal the arcane, cool, and hush-hush hotspots of Chicago. From white sand b.

The Bradbury chronicles :
ISBN: 006054581X. OCLC Number:

William Morrow,. New York :. 2005.

A biography of the highly regarded science fiction author of Fahrenheit 451 and numerous other books, covering his childhood, first publications, and eventual literary success.

Listen to the echoes :
ISBN: 1935554034. OCLC Number:

Melville House ;. Brooklyn, N.Y. :. ©2010.

Collects the author's interviews with Ray Bradbury, as Bradbury reveals his opinions, musings, and personal stories, also includes a script of an unpublished interview done by the "Paris Review."

Speaking Engagements

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