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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Donna Seaman  

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Illinois Connection

Seaman lives in Chicago. Her radio show, ''Open Books'', is broadcast on WLUW in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Donna Seaman is Editor of Adult Books for Booklist and a member of the advisory council for the American Writers Museum. She has reviewed for the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times, among others. A recipient of the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award, she edited and created the fiction anthology ''In Our Nature: Stories of Wildness''. She has also won several Illinois Arts Council Awards for her radio program ''Open Books''. Seaman created her radio show ''Open Books'' in 1994, and has been co-producer and host ever since, conducting interviews with dozens of fiction writers, poets, essayists, memoirists, and nature writers. Her author interviews are collected in ''Writers on the Air: Conversations about Books''. She has written biocritical essays for the Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature and American Writers.

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Titles At Your Library


-- The James Friend Memorial Award for Literary Criticism Pushcart Prize Special Mentions