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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  James Finn Garner  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: in Detroit, Michigan

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Illinois Connection

Garner moved to Chicago after college.

Biographical and Professional Information

James Finn Garner's best known book is ''Politically Correct Bedtime Stories'', which spent 64 weeks on the New York Times Best-seller list, including six weeks in the top position. The book was also a best-seller in England and Canada, and has been translated into more than 25 languages. Its sequels, ''Once Upon A More Enlightened Time'' and ''Politically Correct Holiday Stories'', were also best sellers sold around the world. ''Tea Party Fairy Tales'' is Garner's latest book. At this time, it is available in Kindle format only.

Published Works

  • Politically Correct Bedtime Stories, Macmillan, 1994
  • Politically Correct Holiday Stories, Macmillan, 1994
  • Once Upon a More Enlightened Time, Macmillan, 1995
  • Apocalypse Wow, A Memoir for the End of Time, Cader Books, 1997
  • Once Upon a More Enlightened Time, More Politically Correct Bedtime Stories, G.K. Hall, 1996
  • Politically Correct, The Ultimate Storybook, Smithmark, 1998
  • Recut Madness: Favorite Movies Retold for Your Partisan Pleasure, Da Capo Press, 2007The Rex Koko Private Clown Mysteries
  • Honk Honk, My Darling, CreateSpace, 2011
  • Double Indignity, CreateSpace, 2014

Selected Titles At Your Library

Politically correct bedtime stories /
ISBN: 028563223X. OCLC Number:

Souvenir Press,. London :. 1994

Politically correct holiday stories :
ISBN: 0671719661. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster,. London :. 1995.

Once upon a more enlightened time :
ISBN: 002860444X. OCLC Number:

Macmillan,. New York :. ©1995.

Includes "politically correct" versions of The little mermaid and Sleeping Beauty.

Apocalypse wow! :
ISBN: 0684836491. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster,. New York :. ©1997.

The author shares his observations on the New Age world, UFO conspiracies, the Internet, the apocalypse, commercialism, harmonic convergences, numerology, and other topics.

Once upon a more enlightened time :
ISBN: 0028604199. OCLC Number:

Macmillan,. New York :. ©1995.

Includes "politically correct" versions of The little mermaid and Sleeping Beauty.

Recut madness :
ISBN: 1568583362. OCLC Number:

Thunder's Mouth Press,. New York :. 2007.

Why suffer through another movie that offends your values just to get a glimpse of Nicole Kidman naked? Now you don't have to. Recut Madness rewrites favorite films for our polarized times. Whether conservative or liberal, red state or blue--your views need never be challanged at the movies again!

Honk honk, my darling :
ISBN: 1468087088. OCLC Number:

[publisher not identified],. Charleston, SC :. ©2011.

In Top Town, a ghetto full of washed-up circus lifers in the shadow of a big city, Rex Koko is a pariah. Yet this clown's brand of chaos helps him solve the most heinous crimes, as he tries to earn personal redemption. Rex is hired by an aging trapeze star to bring back his wayward wife. Every time Rex comes close to finding her, other flyers come to gruesome and spectacular ends ...

Double indignity :
ISBN: 1499650817. OCLC Number:

[J. Garner],. [Charleston, SC] :. ©2014.

Rex is begged to bring in an escaped lion and loses his shoe in the process. While getting the footwear replaced, he runs afoul of several characters on the streets of Top Town.


Chicago Writers Association's Indie Book of the Year Award for

Honk, Honk, My Darling

in 2011.

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