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Born and raised in the remote heart of upstate New York, Jon Clinch has been an English teacher, a metalworker, a folksinger, an illustrator, a typeface designer, a housepainter, a copywriter, and an advertising executive.

His latest novel, The Thief of Auschwitz, arrived on January 15, 2013 on his own imprint, unmediated ink. Howard Frank Mosher, author of Walking to Gatlinburg, calls the book "the best and most powerful work of fiction ever written about the Holocaust.”

Clinch's first novel, Finn—the secret history of Huckleberry Finn’s father—was named an American Library Association Notable Book and was chosen as one of the year's best books by the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and the Christian Science Monitor. It won the Philade

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Russell Hoban’s Riddley Walker came at me from out of the blue. I’d read a review somewhere—this was thirty years ago, when book journalism was still going strong—and I thought I knew what I was in for: a post-apocalyptic adventure in a ruined landscape, narrated by a young boy. I got a whole lot more.

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Francisco Thank you Jon. Kings of the Earth is now safely in my Kindle!

Audrey Thanks for adding me! I also follow you on Twitter. LOVED 'Kings of the Earth' & 'Finn' is on my to-read list. Adore your writing!

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Gary hey jon! thanks for making me your friend! I am a huge fan of twain. been to hannibal numerous times, took a workshop there for teachers,and also took another workshop in hartford, connecticut for twain. both super weeks!

i really liked your book , finn,and have recommended it to everyone i know.

Jeannie Faulkner Barber Hi Jon and thanks for adding me as a friend.If you have time, I'd love for you to visit my web site, I'm a novice writer so feel free to make any kind of suggestions, ideas or thoughts to correct it. I’m co-authoring a novel with a friend I've of 30 years. While you're there, please sign the guestbook, too! There’s also a link to our book you can click on… This site is brand new and in the editing stage as is our story. Please visit it as well. Blessings,

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Darcy Mckenna Thanks for the add!!

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Jon No sweat.

And congratulations!

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