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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Donald G. Evans  

Pen Name: None


Born: 1965 in Chicago, Illinois



Illinois Connection

Evans lives in Oak Park and used to work for the

Chicago Sun Times


Biographical and Professional Information

Donald G. Evans is an instructor of English and Humanities at the Westwood College Chicago O'Hare campus. He is also a former sports reporter for the Chicago Sun Times and Lombardian/Villa Park Review newspapers, where he was also an editor, photojournalist, general reporter and humor columnist.Instrumental in creating the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, Evans is currently the executive director. He is also a novelist and the editor of the anthology Cubbie Blues: 100 Years of Waiting Till Next Year.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Good Money after Bad
ISBN: 0976053586

Atomic Quill Pr. 2007

Good Money After Bad follows the fluctuating fortunes of sports gambler Chance Skinner during the summer of 1995, while Chicago is experiencing its worst-ever heat wave. Chance, at 26, lives rent-free in his Gram's converted pantry overlooking Wrigley Field. He aspires to something vaguely like success, which includes respect, love, a kind of integrity and meaningful work. Gambling seems like a good shortcut to all that. When losses mount, Chance, desperate to maintain his good credit standing with bookies, submits himself as guinea pig to human medical studies. In this atmosphere of mounting danger, Chance meets his worst nightmare, the charming human parts broker Phase One Fenwick. Are the one-eyed Phase One and Chance really quite alike? Chance fears so, but hopes not. In a world in which there's a huge gap between self-image and reality, in which allies and enemies are nearly indistinguishable, where the house, as prophesized, looks unbeatable, and where even the biggest wins can be parlayed into something truly significant, Phase One offers Chance a last gasp hope for salvation--or ruin. With a cast of colorful characters that includes the City of Chicago itself, Good Money After Bad is a novel--that like its protagonist--skewers political correctness and revels in the ribald and ridiculous. Through Don Evans' deft prose and careful plotting, Chance Skinner joins a

pantheon of memorable Chicago literary characters, but also transcends geography to take his place alongside the likes of Kingsley Amis' Lord Jim and Joseph Heller's Yossarian. The publication of Evans' first novel Good Money After Bad promises to be an event, and the book itself, with its subtle interspersing of high drama and comic overtures, a distinguished addition to American letters.

Great Lakes Review Volume 1 Issue 2
ISBN: 0988343029

Red Giant Books. 2013

Great Lakes Review publishes fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry from Toronto,Chicago, Cleveland, Milwaukee, Hamilton, and Buffalo and the rest of the Great Lakes region.


-- Two Pushcart Prize nominations.