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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Alex Shaker  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction

Born: 1968 in Brooklyn, NY


Illinois Connection

Alex now lives in Chicago, Illinois

Biographical and Professional Information

Alex Shakar’s latest novel, Luminarium, was the winner of the 2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction. It was also named a Notable Book of the year by The Washington Post, an Editor’s Choice by The New York Times, and a best book of the year by Publishers Weekly, Booklist, the Austin Chronicle, and the Kansas City Star. His novel The Savage Girl was a New York Times Notable Book. His story collection City in Love won the FC2 National Fiction Competition. A Brooklyn native, he now lives in Chicago, and teaches fiction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Titles At Your Library


-- *Luminarium, ''Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Fiction'' *City in Love, ''FC2 National Fiction Competition''