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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Joe Meno  

Pen Name: None

Genre:

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1974


-- Website -- http://www.joemeno.com/
-- Joe Meno on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=joe++meno

E-Mail: -- jmeno@colum.edu


Illinois Connection

Meno lives in Chicago. He graduated from and is a professor in the Department of Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Joe Meno is a fiction writer, playwright, music journalist and editor. He is the winner of the ''Nelson Algren Literary Award'', a Pushcart Prize, the Great Lakes Book Award, ''Society of Midland Author's Fiction Prize'' and a finalist for the ''Story Prize''. He is the editor of ''Chicago Noir: The Classics'' and the author of two short story collections and multiple novels including the best sellers ''Hairstyles of the Damned,'' and ''The Boy Detective Fails''. He’s currently working with producer Gil Netter (“Water for Elephants,” “The Blind Side”) on a screenplay of his novel, ''The Great Perhaps'', and celebrating the Toronto premiere of a film based on his short story, ''The Architecture of the Moon''.


Awards

Marvel and Wonder


-- Starred Review, Booklist
-- Midwest Connections Pick, Midwest Independent Booksellers Association
-- Long Listed for Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, American Library Association
-- Best Books of the Year, Booklist, 2015

Office Girl


-- Best Books of the Year, Kirkus
-- Best Books of the Year, Dailycandy
-- Readers Favorite Fiction, Believer magazine, 2012
-- Best Books of the Year, Chicago Reader
-- Best Books of the Month, Amazon, July 2012
-- Best New Novel, Chicagoan
-- Starred Review, Booklist
-- 3 Must-Read Offbeat Novels, The Daily Beast
-- Pick of the Week, Publishers Weekly

Great Perhaps


-- Great Lakes Book Award for Fiction
-- Starred Review, Kirkus
-- Editors choice, New York Times
-- Great Lakes Book Award for Fiction

Demons in the Spring


-- Best Books of the Year, Kirkus

The Boy Detective Fails


-- Book of the Year, Kirkus
-- Best of 2006, Booklist
-- Book of the Year, Chicago Tribune

Bluebirds Used to Croon in the Choir

Speaking Engagements

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Bluebirds Used to Croon in the Choir.
ISBN: 0810124246. OCLC Number: 148685760

Triquarterly Books,. .

Demons in the spring :
ISBN: 193607009X. OCLC Number: 724718320

Akashic ;. .

Hairstyles of the damned
ISBN: 9781936070299. OCLC Number: 591362966

Punk Planet Books,. .

Gretchen and Brian struggle to fit in at their Catholic school on Chicago's south side. Both teenagers listen to punk rock and have haircuts that clash with the conservative style of the 1990s. As their school year progresses, they learn the value of individualism over conformity.

Hairstyles of the damned /
ISBN: 188845170X. OCLC Number: 56191603

Punk Planet Books,. .

Gretchen and Brian struggle to fit in at their Catholic school on Chicago's south side. Both teenagers listen to punk rock and have haircuts that clash with the conservative style of the 1990s. As their school year progresses, they learn the value of individualism over conformity.

How the hula girl sings
ISBN: 9781617752315. OCLC Number: 865332276

Akashic Books,. .

Paperback reissue of the second novel from the author of the indie-hit Hairstyles of the Damned.

How the hula girl sings /
ISBN: 1888451831. OCLC Number: 60794996

Akashic ;. .

Marvel and a wonder /
ISBN: 1617753947. OCLC Number: 915952748

. .

"In the summer of 1995, a Korean War vet struggling to raise his sixteen-year-old grandson on a farm in southern Indiana receives a mysterious gift--a beautiful quarter horse--that upends the balance of their lives. The horse catches the attention of two meth-dealing brothers who steal and sell the animal. Grandfather and grandson pursue the ruthless criminals across the bleak heartland, all the while confronting the misperceptions [sic] of their own troubled relationship."--Back cover.

Tender as hellfire /
ISBN: 1933354305. OCLC Number: 680287029

Akashic Books,. .

Paperback reissue of indie sensation Joe Meno's debut novel.

Tender as hellfire :
ISBN: 9781429977951. OCLC Number: 865099666

St. Martin's Press,. .

In Tender as Hellfire, first-time novelist Joe Meno limns a near-fantastical world of trailer park floozies, broken-down '76 Impalas, lost glass eyes, and the daily experiences of two boys trying to make sense out of their random, sharp lives. Dough and Pill are brothers bound by more than blood. The anguish of their past, the terror of their present, and the uncertainty of their future all underscore the only truth that is within their grasp: Each other. For beneath the cruel surface of their trailer park community lies a menagerie of odd characters, each one strange yet somehow beautiful. There's Val, the blowsy bottle blonde who shows surprising maternal instincts when the boys need it most. And El Ray del Perdito, the Undisputed King of the Tango, a widow who dances nightly imagining his wife in his arms, as Dough peers through the window contemplating a love that seems not to die. In Tender as Hellfire it is the unexpected beauty that means the most, and this important literary debut provides all the beauty and pain that we can bear.

The boy detective fails
ISBN: 9781936070497. OCLC Number: 591313078

Punk Planet Books,. .

Following the best-selling novel Hairstyles of the Damned (more than 100,000 copies sold) with a spectacular coming-of-age-30 tale, Joe Meno proves once again why he's the hottest indie author in America. Also check out Office Girl, Demons in the Spring, How the Hula Girl Sings, and Tender as Hellfire. In the twilight of a mysterious childhood full of wonder, Billy Argo, boy detective, is brokenhearted to find that his younger sister and crime-solving partner, Caroline, has committed suicide. Ten years later, Billy, age thirty, returns from an extended stay at St. Vitus' Hospital for the Mentally Ill to discover the world full of unimaginable strangeness: office buildings vanish without reason, small animals turn up without their heads, and cruel villains ride city buses to complete their evil schemes. Lost within this unwelcoming place, Billy finds the companionship of two lonely, extraordinary children, Effie and Gus Mumford?one a science fair genius, the other a charming, silent bully. With a nearly forgotten bravery, Billy treads from the unendurable boredom of a telemarketing job, stumbles into the awkward beauty of a desperate pickpocket named Penny Maple, and confronts the nearly impossible solution to the mystery of his sister's death. Along a path laden with hidden clues and codes that dare the reader to help Billy decipher the mysteries he encounters, the boy detective may learn the greatest secret of all: the necessity of the unknown.

The boy detective fails /
ISBN: 1933354100. OCLC Number: 70916266

Punk Planet Books ;. .

In the twilight of a childhood full of wonder, Billy Argo, boy detective, is brokenhearted to find that his younger sister and crime-solving partner, Caroline, has committed suicide. Ten years later, Billy, age thirty, returns from an extended stay at St. Vitus' Hospital for the Mentally Ill to discover a world full of unimaginable strangeness: office buildings vanish without reason, small animals turn up without their heads, and cruel villains ride city buses to complete their evil schemes.

The great perhaps
ISBN: 9781743038918. OCLC Number: 870447852

Picador,. .

The great perhaps :
ISBN: 0393067963. OCLC Number: 286488630

W.W. Norton & Co.,. .

The precarious world of the Casper family is thrown into chaos by the sudden separation of Jonathan and his wife, Madeline, a decision that forces the couple, their two daughters, and grandfather Henry to confront their own pursuits and cowardice.