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Henry Kisor is the retired book editor of the Chicago Sun-Times as well as the author of three nonfiction books and four mystery novels. He is also the co-author of one children’s book.

He writes a series of mystery novels set in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan: Season’s Revenge (2003), A Venture into Murder (2005), Cache of Corpses (2007) and Hang Fire (2013).

His nonfiction works are What’s That Pig Outdoors?: A Memoir of Deafness (1990 and 2010), Zephyr: Tracking a Dream Across America (1994 and 2012) and Flight of the Gin Fizz: Midlife at 4,500 Feet (1997 and 2012).

His books have been published abroad in German, Dutch and United Kingdom editions. Most are available online as ebooks.

He writes two blogs, The Reluctant Blogger and The Whodunit Photographer, and contributes rail travel articles to Trainweb.org.

He was the book editor of the Chicago Daily News from 1973 to 1978, then of the Chicago Sun-Times from 1978 to his retirement in 2006.
His reviews and articles have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post and on MSNBC.com.

Between 1977 and 1982 he was an adjunct instructor at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

From 1983 to 1986 he wrote a weekly syndicated column on personal computers that appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, Orlando Sentinel, Seattle Times and other newspapers.

He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 1981. The Friends of Literature awarded him the first James Friend Memorial Critic Award in 1988 and the Chicago Foundation for Literature Award for Nonfiction in 1991 for What’s That Pig Outdoors? In 1991 Trinity College awarded him a honorary Doctor of Letters degree. In 2001 he was inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame.

Educated at Trinity College (B.A., 1962) in Hartford, Conn., and at Northwestern University (M.S.J., 1964) in Evanston, Ill., Kisor began his newspaper career in 1964 with the old Evening Journal in Wilmington, Del.

He winters in Evanston, Illinois, and summers in Ontonagon, Michigan, with his wife, Deborah Abbott. They have two grown sons, Colin, an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice and a commander in the Naval Reserve (m. Melody Pershyn), and Conan, a corporate communications editor and writer for the Boeing Company (m. Annie Tully).  They also have two grandsons, William Henry Kisor and Conan Emmet Kisor, and two granddaughters, Elizabeth Maria Kisor and Alice Flynn Kisor.

August 2013