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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Tom Alesia  

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Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Alesia is the former Springfield, Illinois State Journal-Register arts & entertainment writer.

Biographical and Professional Information

Tom Alesia won the national Music Journalism Award for two feature articles about the Fendermen, a one-hit wonder with their 1960 rockabilly cover of country legend Jimmie Rodgers' Mule Skinner Blues. He also was a finalist for the award and earned four first-place honors, including two for arts criticism, from the American Association of Feature Editors. His writing has appeared in newspapers nationwide, TV Guide magazine and the book Tasty Morsels, a short fiction anthology. Find his work at A 35-time marathon finisher and a cancer survivor since 1998, he lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

Speaking Engagements

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Then Garth Became Elvis: A Country Music Writer's Journey with the Stars, 1985-2010
ISBN: 1087989299. OCLC Number:

Grissom Press. .