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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Gail Claudia Tanzer  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction History

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1945, in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Tanzer was born and raised in Argo. She attended Augustana College and received a master's degree from the University of Chicago. She currently resides in a Chicago suburb. The historical fiction book on which she is working on now has the main character, Augusta Savage, giving presentations about her art at the Auditorium Theatre and to The Girls' Clubs on the South Side in the early 1930s.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gail Tanzer also wrote a novel called Never Forget that she put on Tumblr. It's about three students at a high school, one of whom just came as a refugee from Syria. It is a YA fiction book, and it's aim is to make high school students more empathic towards their peers who look and act different from them.

Home Is Where The Heart Is is a short book for grammar school children that she wrote especially for children on Prince Edward Island since the subject of the book drew her most famous works while a young person in Prince Edward Island. However, she never got that book published.


Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability: Yes. The author has given a presentation about Duccio and the Maesta at a library and College of DuPage. Additionally, she gave a presentation about art history in general at a women's club. She was an adjunct art history teacher for about ten years. So, she can put together power point presentations about her books.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Across the Alps :
ISBN: 1514317982. OCLC Number: 952421812

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Albrecht Dürer, the foremost woodcut artist engraver in Europe, is torn between duty and desire. Duty commands he honor his arranged marriage to a cold wife, a marriage that secured him a workshop to create his popular religious woodcuts. Beauty, however, drives Dürer's soul, drawing his thoughts ever away from his Nuremberg home to Venice's magical canals and a passionate, gorgeous woman -- a woman whose glance promised so much. When a forger tries to replicate Dürer's work, the artist returns to Venice to demand justice. There he once again falls in love with the city, its architecture -- and the woman fidelity demands he avoid but passion insists he pursue. -- From cover.

Duccio and the Maestà /
ISBN: 1484157257. OCLC Number: 868058871

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"Journey to a famous Tuscan city and engage yourself with its foremost piece of art and the drama surrounding its complex creator"--Cover.