Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Porter Shreve  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction

Born: 1966 in Washington DC


Illinois Connection

Shreve lives in Chicago and West LaFayette, Indiana with his wife and writer Bich Minh Nguyen.

Biographical and Professional Information

Shreve is the author of the acclaimed novel The Obituary Writer, which was a New York Times Notable Book and a Book Sense 76 pick. Shreve, whom Lorrie Moore has hailed as a "wonderful and accomplished" writer, currently directs the Creative Writing Program at Purdue University.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- ''The Obituary Writer'' was a 2000 New York Times Notable Book and a Borders Original Voices selection. ''Drives Like a Dream'' was a 2005 Chicago Tribune Book of the Year and a People "Great Reads" selection. ''When the White House Was Ours'' was a 2008 Chicago Tribune Book of the Year.