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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Henry Kisor  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1940 in Ridgewood, New Jersey

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Illinois Connection

Kisor moved to Illinois with his family in 1948. He currently winters in Evanston, and summers in Ontonagon, Michigan.

Biographical and Professional Information

Henry Kisor is the retired book editor of the Chicago Sun-Times as well as the author of three nonfiction books and three mystery novels. He is also the co-author of one children's book.He pens two blogs, The Reluctant Blogger and The Whodunit Photographer, as well as a series of mystery novels set in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He was the book editor of the Chicago Sun-Times from 1978 to his retirement in 2006.

Published Works

  • What`s That Pig Outdoors, A Memoir of Deafness, Hill and Wang, 1990
  • One TV Blasting and a Pig Outdoors, Whitman, 1994 - written with Deborah Abbott
  • Zephyr, Tracking a Dream Across America, Times Books/Random House, 1994
  • Flight of the Gin Fizz, Midlife at 4,500 Feet, Basic Books, 1997
  • Season's Revenge: A Christmas Story, Forge, 2003
  • Cache of Corpses, Forge, 2007

Selected Titles At Your Library

What's that pig outdoors? :
ISBN: 014014899X. OCLC Number:

University of Illinois Press,. Urbana :. 2010.

One TV blasting and a pig outdoors /
ISBN: 0807560758. OCLC Number:

A. Whitman,. Morton Grove, Ill. :. ©1994.

Conan describes life with his father who lost his hearing at the age of three. A book that describes what it's like to live in a household where the father is deaf.

Zephyr :
ISBN: 155850477X. OCLC Number:

Adams Pub.,. Holbrook, Mass. :. ©1994.

Flight of the Gin Fizz :
ISBN: 0465024254. OCLC Number:

BasicBooks,. New York, NY :. ©1997.

Henry Kisor, a self-described short, fat, bald, bespectacled, and deaf man, shares the story of how he shook the midlife blues by learning to fly at the age of fifty-three, and takes the reader along on his maiden flight during which he reenacted the 1911 journey of Cal Rodgers from New York to Los Angeles.

Season's revenge :
ISBN: 0765306662. OCLC Number:

Forge,. New York :. 2003.

When one of his small town's leading citizens, Paul Passoja, is killed in an apparent bear attack, Lakota Deputy Sheriff Steve Martinez becomes suspicious and launches an unoffical investigation.

Cache of corpses /
ISBN: 076531780x. OCLC Number:

Forge,. New York :. 2007.

The peace and quiet of Porcupine City, a tiny town in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, is destroyed by the discovery of a headless corpse, wrapped in plastic and accompanied by clues to another headless corpse.


What's That Pig Outdoors?

  • Chicago Foundation for Literature Award for Nonfiction, 1991

    Other Awards

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