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Martin Seay

Born: in Texas
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Seay works for the village of Wheeling.

Biography: Martin Seay's fiction, essays, and criticism have appeared in a variety of publications. He holds undergraduate degrees from Trinity University and an MFA in creative writing from Queens University of Charlotte, North Carolina; he was also a 2005-2006 fiction fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. He currently lives in Chicago with his spouse, the writer Kathleen Rooney. The rights to adapt his debut novel, ''The Mirror Thief'', as a film have been acquired by Director Peter Chelsom and his collaborators Tinker Lindsay and John Albanis.

  • '''''The Mirror Thief '''''
  • -- Notable Book of the Year, New York Times
  • -- Starred Review, Booklist
  • -- Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
  • -- Best Book of the Year, Publishers Weekly
  • -- Best Book of the Year, NPR

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Martin Seay on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

The mirror thief :
ISBN: 1612195148 OCLC: 918969694

In sixteenth century Venice, the famed makers of Venetian glass faced death if they tried to leave the island ... but one man schemes to outwit the enforcers of the edict. In 1958 Venice Beach, California, and in today's Venetian casino in Las Vegas, other schemers launch similarly dangerous plans to get away with a secret. As the three stories weave together through time and space, the reader is drawn into a world of violence, and obsession.