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Name:  Stuart Dybek  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1942 in Chicago, Illinois

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Dybek was born and raised in Chicago's Little Village and Pilsen neighborhoods in the 1950s and early 1960s. Currently, he is the Distinguished Writer in Residence at Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Stuart Dybek is the author of four other books of fiction, including Paper Lantern, published simultaneously with Ecstatic Cahoots, as well as two collections of poetry. His fiction, poetry, and nonfiction have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, The Atlantic, Poetry, Tin House, and many other magazines, and have been widely anthologized, including work in both Best American Fiction and Best American Poetry.The recipient of many prizes and awards―including the PEN/Malamud Award, an Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Whiting Writers' Award, and four O. Henry Awards.

After teaching for more than 30 years at Western Michigan University, where he remains an Adjunct Professor of English and a member of the permanent faculty of the Prague Summer Program, Dybek became the Distinguished Writer in Residence at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He divides his time between Evanston, Illinois, Kalamazoo, Michigan, and the Florida Keys.


I Sailed With Magellan

New York Times Notable Books

Society of Midland Authors award for adult fiction

The Coast of Chicago

New York Times Notable Books

One Book One Chicago selection

Childhood and Other Neighborhoods

Society of Midland Authors award for adult fiction

Paper Stories

Starred Review

Other Awards and Honors

PEN/Malamud Prize for distinguished achievement in the short story

Lannan Award

Whiting Writers Award

Award from the Academy of Arts and Letters

several O.Henry Prizes

Fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation Genius Award

Fuller Award for Lifetime Achievement, Chicago Literary Hall of Fame

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Brass knuckles /
ISBN: 0887484158. OCLC Number: 54934176

Carnegie Mellon University Press,. .

Childhood and other neighborhoods :
ISBN: 0226176584. OCLC Number: 52178547

University of Chicago Press,. .

"In Stuart Dybek's Chicago, wonder lurks in unexpected places - in garbage-strewn alleys, gloomy basement apartments, abandoned rooms at the top of rickety stairs periodically rumbled by passing el trains. Transformed through the wide eyes of Dybek's adolescent heroes, these urban backwaters become exotic landscapes of fear-filled possibility, of dreams not yet turned to nightmares. Chronicling what happens when Old World faith meets the dark side of the American dream, Dybek's poignant stories of coming of age Chicago alternately appall, amaze, and just simply entertain."--Jacket.

Ecstatic Cahoots :
ISBN: 0374280509. OCLC Number: 857288082

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A collection of fifty original mini-stories explores the need to achieve ecstatic self-transcendence as well as trust between lovers, friends, family, and strangers.

I sailed with magellan
ISBN: 9781429931441. OCLC Number: 872598427

Farrar, Straus and Giroux,. .

Major new fiction from an acclaimed master From the prizewinning writer Stuart Dybek comes a superb new work: a novel-in-stories, eleven masterful tales told by a single voice with remarkable narrative power. In I Sailed With Magellan, Dybek finds characters of irrepressible vitality amidst the stark urban landscapes of Chicago's south side; there, the daily experiences of the neighborhood are transformed in the lush imaginative adventures of his hero, the restless Perry Katzek. There is remarkable music in each of Dybek's intertwined episodes, the rhythm of street life captured in all its emotional depth and unexpected humor: a man takes his young nephew to a string of taverns where the boy sings for his uncle's bourbon; a small-time thug is distracted from making a hit by the mysterious reappearance of several ex-girlfriends; two unemployed youths hatch a scheme to finance their road trip to Mexico by selling orchids stolen from the rich side of town; a young couple's amorous beach adventure is interrupted when an unexpected visitor washes ashore. As these poignant, often funny chapters unfold, Perry grapples toward the exotic possibilities the world offers him, glimpsing them even beneath the at times brutal surface of the inner-city. Throughout I Sailed With Magellan, fans of Dybek will find the captivating storytelling, the sharp, spare prose, the brilliant dramatization of resilient, inventive humanity that they have come to expect from him.

Paper Lantern :
ISBN: 0374146446. OCLC Number: 857754051

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A collection of short stories of love set in gritty urban environments.

ISBN: 9781784702854. OCLC Number: 972205838


Streets in their own ink /
ISBN: 0374529914. OCLC Number: 54537206

Farrar, Straus and Giroux,. .

"In his second book of poems, Stuart Dybek finds vitality in the same imagery that animates his works of fiction. These poems map the internal geographies of characters who inhabit severe and often savage city streets, finding there a tension that transfigures past and present, memory and fantasy, sin and sanctity, nostalgia and the need to forget."--Jacket.

The Coast of Chicago
ISBN: 0312424256. OCLC Number: 84854049

Bedford/St. Martin's,. .