By 1978 acclaimed author J.D. Salinger had been in seclusion for 27 years and had ceased publishing altogether. Chicago High school English teacher Greg Herriges, who taught a seminar in Salinger’s works, was bound and determined to find the reclusive literary giant, meet him, and see if he could find answers to his students’ questions. Equipped only with the most basic camping supplies and a portable typewriter, Herriges took to the road and headed east. Only days later he met with Salinger, in his driveway, and here his profile/ interview “Ten Minutes with J.D. Salinger” is republished for the first time since 1979 — along with an afterword by Herriges. J.D. Salinger: "The Final Interview and Other Conversations" is edited by David Streitfeld, a Pulitzer Prize winning writer for The New York Times. It is published by Melville House Books of New York. Herriges is the author nine books, including the novels "Streethearts" and "The Winter Dance Party Murders."
Tony Romano is the author of the novel, "When the World Was Young" and the story collection," If You Eat, You Never Die," published by Harper Collins. He is also the coauthor of Expository Composition: "Discovering Your Voice" and coauthor or the text, "Psychology and You." He was recently named Illinois Author of the Year by the Illinois Association for Teachers of English (IATE) and was honored with a Norman Mailer award. One of his story collections was a finalist in AWP’s annual contest. He is a two-time winner of a PEN Syndicated Fiction Project award. Both stories were produced on National Public Radio’s “The Sound of Writing” series and syndicated to newspapers nationwide.
He lives near Chicago and writes about books, music, work, and family on his blog at tonyromanoauthor.com.
Wednesday, February 28 at 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Drama Lab Theatre, Room L109, L109
1200 West Algonquin Road, Palatine, IL 60067