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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  JoAnn Blackman  

Pen Name: JoAnn Fastoff

Genre: Fiction Mystery

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1949 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Blackman was born in and lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

JoAnn Blackman graduated from Chicago's Harlan High School, attended Wilson Junior College, Columbia College, and acquired a BA in Marketing from an on-line university in Idaho. She has published over 100 articles in New York, Philadelphia and Chicago publications. She wrote, produced and directed three one-act plays on off-off Broadway in New York. She also wrote, directed and produced, a 3-city PBS aired television program called ''Live From The Warehouse'', and ''Herb Kent's Dusty Records'', a syndicated radio program airing in 22 cities. A former Publicist for the Grammy-Award winning group Kool and the Gang, Blackman was also an event coordinator for Graham Kerr, The Galloping Gourmet.

Published Works

    The Gordian Knot, Vantage Press, 2005The Pact, Xlibris Corporation , 2007The Lie, AuthorHouse, 2012The Smoke Ring, AuthorHouse, 2013

Selected Titles At Your Library

The Gordian Knot /
ISBN: 0533148766. OCLC Number:

Vantage Press,. New York :. ©2005.

The pact /
ISBN: 142579971X. OCLC Number:

Xlibris Corp,. [Place of publication not identified] :. ©2007.

The lie /
ISBN: 1468556940. OCLC Number:

AuthorHouse,. Bloomington, IN :. ©2012.

Several persons are tracked for diamonds traded to fuel war and human rights abuses. Can the police and FBI protect their own forces? Or are their own forces part of the criminal groups?

The smoke ring /
ISBN: 1491827890. OCLC Number:

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Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Enough Already! (No More Negative Portrayals of People of Color in Print and Film)


People of color arent used to reading about or seeing on film or television a take-charge character that looks like them and isnt into drugs, doesnt own a criminal record, and loves not only his family, but his job, too a non-white character that isnt angry. As the award-winning author of the Howard Watson Mystery Series, Fastoff focuses on promoting awareness and examining solutions to enact change through numerous avenues of exposure. (Teens and Adults; 60 min; $150 with permission to sell books)