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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  James McManus  

Pen Name: None

Genre:

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1951 in New York City, New York


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E-Mail: -- arramc@msn.com


Illinois Connection

McManus lives in Kenilworth and teaches at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

James McManus is a New York Times bestselling author. He is a poker player, teacher, novelist and poet. His work has appeared in ''The New Yorker'', ''Harper’s,'' ''The Believer'', ''Paris Review'', ''Esquire'', and in Best American anthologies for poetry, sports writing, science and nature, and magazine writing. Both of McManus' degrees came from the University of Illinois Chicago - Bachelor of Arts in 1974 and Master of Arts in 1977. He currently teaches writing and comparative literature at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, including a course on the literature and science of poker.McManus was interviewed by Dan Klefstad, Morning Edition Host & Book Series Editor of Northern Public Radio (WNIU/WNIJ/NIRIS) for the [https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/wnijreadwithme?source=feed_text&story_id=10208055647572719 #WNIJReadWithME] Winter Book Series. To access the December 28, 2015 interview, [http://northernpublicradio.org/post/education-poker-writer click here].


Awards

Going to the Sun


-- Sandburg Award
-- Society of Midland Authors Award, 1997

Positively Fifth Street


-- Society of Midland Authors Award, 2004

Cowboys Full


-- Society of Midland Authors Award, 2010

The Education of a Poker Player


-- Kirkus Prize for Fiction Nominee, 2015 '''Other Awards

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes) Contact Information Department of Liberal Arts Art Institute of Chicago 37 South Wabash Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60603-3002

Selected Titles At Your Library

Antonio Salazar is dead /
ISBN: 0960379401. OCLC Number: 60399959

Syncline,. .

Chin music :
ISBN: 0394621905. OCLC Number: 15018256

Grove Press,. .

Cowboys full :
ISBN: 0374299242. OCLC Number: 317928779

Farrar, Straus, and Giroux,. .

From the Publisher: From James McManus, author of the bestselling Positively Fifth Street, comes the definitive story of the game that, more than any other, reflects who we are and how we operate. Cowboys Full is the story of poker, from its roots in China, the Middle East, and Europe to its ascent as a global-but especially an American-phenomenon. It describes how early Americans took a French parlor game and, with a few extra cards and an entrepreneurial spirit, turned it into a national craze by the time of the Civil War. From the kitchen-table games of ordinary citizens to its influence on generals and diplomats, poker has gone hand in hand with our national experience. Presidents from Abraham Lincoln to Barack Obama have deployed poker and its strategies to explain policy, to relax with friends, to negotiate treaties and crises, and as a political networking tool. The ways we all do battle and business are echoed by poker tactics: cheating and thwarting cheaters, leveraging uncertainty, bluffing and sussing out bluffers, managing risk and reward. Cowboys Full shows how what was once accurately called the cheater's game has become a mostly honest contest of cunning, mathematical precision, and luck. It explains how poker, formerly dominated by cardsharps, is now the most popular card game in Europe, East Asia, Australia, South America, and cyberspace, as well as on television. It combines colorful history with firsthand experience from today's professional tour. And it examines poker's remarkable hold on American culture, from paintings by Frederic Remington to countless poker novels, movies, and plays. Braiding the thrill of individual hands with new ways of seeing poker's relevance to our military, diplomatic, business, and personal affairs, Cowboys Full is sure to become the classic account of America's favorite pastime.

Cowboys full :
ISBN: 9781429990684. OCLC Number: 897505113

Farrar, Straus, and Giroux,. .

From the Publisher: From James McManus, author of the bestselling Positively Fifth Street, comes the definitive story of the game that, more than any other, reflects who we are and how we operate. Cowboys Full is the story of poker, from its roots in China, the Middle East, and Europe to its ascent as a global-but especially an American-phenomenon. It describes how early Americans took a French parlor game and, with a few extra cards and an entrepreneurial spirit, turned it into a national craze by the time of the Civil War. From the kitchen-table games of ordinary citizens to its influence on generals and diplomats, poker has gone hand in hand with our national experience. Presidents from Abraham Lincoln to Barack Obama have deployed poker and its strategies to explain policy, to relax with friends, to negotiate treaties and crises, and as a political networking tool. The ways we all do battle and business are echoed by poker tactics: cheating and thwarting cheaters, leveraging uncertainty, bluffing and sussing out bluffers, managing risk and reward. Cowboys Full shows how what was once accurately called the cheater's game has become a mostly honest contest of cunning, mathematical precision, and luck. It explains how poker, formerly dominated by cardsharps, is now the most popular card game in Europe, East Asia, Australia, South America, and cyberspace, as well as on television. It combines colorful history with firsthand experience from today's professional tour. And it examines poker's remarkable hold on American culture, from paintings by Frederic Remington to countless poker novels, movies, and plays. Braiding the thrill of individual hands with new ways of seeing poker's relevance to our military, diplomatic, business, and personal affairs, Cowboys Full is sure to become the classic account of America's favorite pastime.

Curtains :
ISBN: 0961464402. OCLC Number: 13259970

Another Chicago Press,. .

Ghost waves
ISBN: 0802110290. OCLC Number: 17918704

Grove Press,. .

Going to the sun
ISBN: 9781250105356. OCLC Number: 930648277

Picador,. .

Seven years ago, Penny's boyfriend was savagely attacked by a bear, setting off a chain of tragic events. Now, fighting a debilitating illness and haunted by her past, she finds herself incapable of emotional or sexual intimacy. As a way to break down the defenses she has built up in her safe Chicago life, she sets out on a cross-country bike tour. On this trip she meets Ndele, a beautiful, mysterious black man who challenges her to confront her ghosts and decide whether to put her past behind her and live or succumb to the terrible uncertainties that plague even her dreams.

Going to the sun :
ISBN: 0312423292. OCLC Number: 54841052

Picador/Farrar, Straus and Giroux,. .

Great America :
ISBN: 0060553472. OCLC Number: 27216536

HarperPerennial,. .

New directions in prose and poetry 42
ISBN: 0811207846. OCLC Number: 7548971

New Directions,. .

Out of the blue
ISBN: 0802131549. OCLC Number: 18780679

Grove Press,. .

Out of the blue /
ISBN: 0517551446. OCLC Number: 9731561

Crown Publishers,. .

Physical :
ISBN: 0312426496. OCLC Number: 77081828

Picador,. .

Physical :
ISBN: 1593978731. OCLC Number: 63038612

Audio Renaissance,. .

The author, a hard-living, happily married, middle-aged American, gets a three-day executive checkup at the Mayo Clinic and is thereby forced to confront his mortality. He has to survive his own cardiovascular system, inherited habits, and genetic handicaps long enough to see his small children into adulthood. But with so much at stake, and in spite of his terror of death, he may not have the willpower to follow the Mayo clinicians' advice. The story negotiates the political and medical forks in the labyrinth of our health care system and calls for sanity and enlightenment in the stem cell research wars. It's a portrait of the looming mortality of a privileged generation that can't believe the party's winding down, if not over.

Positively Fifth Street
ISBN: 9780312422523. OCLC Number: 54523227

Picador :. .

A chronicle of life in Las Vegas investigates the murder of poker player Ted Binion, revealing a secret world of kinky sex, black magic, and science lurking at the heart of gambling's World Series of Poker.

The education of a poker player :
ISBN: 1938160851. OCLC Number: 910475612

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Autobiographical stories by New York Times-bestselling author James McManus follow the transformational track of protagonist Vincent' s adolescence from priesthood to poker.