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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Donald Gerard Evans  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1965, in Chicago, IL


Illinois Connection

Don Evans was born and raised on the northwest side of Chicago, and attended Brentano then Lloyd elementary schools before moving with his family to Downers Grove, where he graduated from Downers Grove South High School. He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign. Don has lived in Wrigleyville, Old Town, and Logan Square, but for the past 13 years has resided in Oak Park. His first novel, Good Money After Bad, takes place in the shadows of Wrigley Field, and his anthology Cubbie Blues: 100 Years of Waiting Til Next Year focuses on the North Side baseball team's fans. Many of his short stories are also set in Chicago. As the founder and executive director of the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, Don works to celebrate and sustain all Chicago literature.

Biographical and Professional Information

Donald G. Evans is the Founding Executive Editor of the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, author of the novel Good Money After Bad, and editor of a Chicago Cubs anthology Cubbie Blues: 100 Years of Waiting Till Next Year. His short story collection, An Off-White Christmas, was published in October, 2018. He's been listed four times in the Newcity Lit 50: Who Really Books in Chicago feature, and received the Chicago Writers Association's Spirit Award for lifetime achievement. He serves on various boards and committees, including as a program committee member of the American Writers Museum, and a selector for the annual Harold Washington Literary Award. He has taught at a variety of institutions, mostly at the college and adult enrichment level.


Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability: Yes. Don is available for speaking engagements--he has done many presentations centered around his own writing, including focuses on themes found in his books, like baseball, family, gambling, and Christmas. A lot of his presentations revolve around the greater world of Chicago literature. Through the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, Don offers literary and walking tours in distinct sections of the city and suburbs, notably the Gold Coast and Oak Park, as well as theme-driven tours on topics such as journalism and the black literary renaissance. If you want Don to appear or to book a group literary tour, just email him. Some information about the tours can be found on the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame website.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Cubbie blues :
ISBN: 0976021668. OCLC Number: 315906877

Can't Miss Press,. .

Good money after bad :
ISBN: 0976053586. OCLC Number: 123964922

Atomic Quill Press :. .

A gambler has to know that his luck is going to run out sometime. What then? Chicago author Don Evans explores the charge of a choice bet and the hangover of good money sent after bad. This is a novel that belongs to a city made for the risk-taker willing to live with the consequences.