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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Katherine Shonk  

Pen Name: None


Born: 1968 in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Katherine was born in Chicago and raised in Evanston. She currently lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Shonk attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. There, she studied psychology and began writing short stories. After graduating, she worked as a secretary and an editor in the Chicago area for several years. In late 1995, she moved to Moscow for a year. After returning to the United States, Shonk entered the M.A. program in creative writing at the University of Texas. After returning to Evanston in 1999, she worked long-distance as an editor and researcher for Harvard Business School.

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Titles At Your Library


-- ''The Red Passport'' *Society of Midland Authors Book Award, Honorable Mention for Adult Fiction, 2004 *Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year