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Norman E. Calmese

Born: February 28, 1952 in Chicago, Illinois
Died: October 13, 2022 in Park Forest, Illinois

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Norman Calmese was an author and an illustrator who lived in Chicago, Springfield, and Park Forest.

Biography: Norman Calmese was an author and an illustrator. He served as the General/Sales Manager and Illustrator for the ''Capital City Courier''. His cartoons and illustrations appeared in newspapers throughout the country. He has also created murals for numerous organizations. Norman received a B.A. in Sociology from Northern Illinois University, a Minor in Art and African American History as well as a Master's Degree in Arts Management from the University of Illinois-Springfield.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction; Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Children; Young adult readers


Selected Titles

Illustrating Black History

Independently Published 2022

Illustrating Black History is an inspiring and graphic journey through American history. It is an creative look at the people which shaped the lives and contributions of the African-American community in the United States of America.

The Sports Kid WeWrite Kids, Norman Calmese
ISBN: 1576350657 OCLC:

WeWrite Corp. 2013

War? I'm Scared!
ISBN: 1576350576 OCLC: 52513816

WeWrite Books, Springfield, Ill. : ©2002.

  Whine Out
ISBN: 1576350126 OCLC: 62161118

WeWrite Corp., Rochester, Ill. : ©1997.

Jason learns to control his whining by joining a soccer team on which his dog Sparky becomes the star player.