John Jakes


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in Chicago, The United States
March 31, 1932

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John Jakes, the author of more than a dozen novels, is regarded as one of today’s most distinguished writers of historical fiction. His work includes the highly acclaimed Kent Family Chronicles series and the North and South Trilogy. Jakes’s commitment to historical accuracy and evocative storytelling earned him the title of “the godfather of historical novelists” from the Los Angeles Times and led to a streak of sixteen consecutive New York Times bestsellers. Jakes has received several awards for his work and is a member of the Authors Guild and the PEN American Center. He and his wife, Rachel, live on the west coast of Florida.

Also writes under pseudonyms Jay Scotland, Alan Payne, Rachel Ann Payne, John Lee Gray. Has ghost written as Wil
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“I have always had a special affinity for libraries and librarians, for the most obvious reasons. I love books. (One of my first Jobs was shelving books at a branch of the Chicago Public Library.) Libraries are a pillar of any society. I believe our lack of attention to funding and caring for them properly in the United States has a direct bearing on problems of literacy, productivity, and our inability to compete in today's world. Libraries are everyman's free university.”
John Jakes, Homeland

“Be yourself. Above all, let who you are, what you are, what you believe, shine through every sentence you write, every piece you finish.”
John Jakes

“The pain comes from more than the facts of circumstance, or the deeds of others. It comes from within. From understanding what we lost. It comes from knowing how foolish we were - vain, arrogant children - when we thought ourselves happy. It comes from knowing how fragile and doomed the old ways were, just when we thought them and ourselves, secure!. The pain comes from knowing we have never been safe, and therefore will never be safe again. It comes from knowing we can never be children again. ”
John Jakes, Heaven and Hell

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Vote for the Nov-Dec Groupread theme. We'll have the top two themes, and they'll be based on names of authors and cover artists. Bonus street cred goes to folks who pick books that have both cover artists and author sharing names.

Michael: Anything by Michael Moorcock, or cover art by Michael Whelan. Any other Michael's are fair game too
 
  8 votes, 24.2%

William: How about some classics by William Hope Hodgson or William Morris?
 
  5 votes, 15.2%

John: John Jakes plus John Duillo (artist on Conan of the Isles, Conan the Freebooter, Conan the Wanderer)
 
  4 votes, 12.1%

James; James Enge or James A. Moore would work
 
  3 votes, 9.1%

Catherine: C.L. Moore or anything with a Catherine" Jeffrey Jones cover.
 
  3 votes, 9.1%

Charles:Charles R. Saunders or Charles Moll (did some Moorcock covers)
 
  2 votes, 6.1%

"Quillifer" by Walter Jon Williams (write-in)
 
  2 votes, 6.1%

 
  2 votes, 6.1%

Robert:
Robert Lynn Asprin or Robert E. Howard or Robert Gould (did some Elric/MM covers)
 
  1 vote, 3.0%

Michael Whelan, and specifically with Brandon Sanderson (Stormlight Archeive) (write-in)
 
  1 vote, 3.0%

Raymond: Raymond E. Feist and Ray Bradbury and covers by Raymond Swanland
 
  1 vote, 3.0%

Raymond (write-in)
 
  1 vote, 3.0%

Jan: Janet E. Morris and C. J. Cherryh (J = Janice), and Janny Wurts
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

Julie:J.V. Jones or Boris Vellejo's partner in art : Julie Bell
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

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