Individual Author Record
Name: Billy LombardoPen Name: None Genre: Fiction Born: in Chicago, Illinois Sites:
Illinois ConnectionLombardo was born and raised in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago. He currently lives in Forest Park - a suburb of Chicago.
Biographical and Professional InformationLombardo is the author of The Logic of a Rose: Chicago Stories, a Chicago Tribune Best Fiction of 2005 selection. He teaches English literature and creative writing at Latin School of Chicago and teaches fiction for UCLA's Extension program. He founded and directs Polyphony HS, a student-run national literary magazine for high school writers and editors. He has had fiction, essays, and nonfiction published or anthologized in StoryQuarterly, Cicada, TriQuarterly, Bryant Literary Review, Other Voices, The Spoken Word Redux, Elysian Fields Quarterly, River Oak Review, The Forest Park Post, Chicago Sun-Times, Knee Jerk, and other publications.Lombardo is the 2011 recipient of the Nelson Algren Award.
- The Logic of a Rose: Chicago Stories, BkMk Press, 2005
- How to Hold a Woman, OV Books , 2009
- Meanwhile, Roxy Mourns, EM Press , 2009
- The Man with Two Arms, Overlook Hardcover , 2010
Titles At Your Library
The Logic of a Rose: Chicago Stories
ISBN: 1886157502 BkMk Press. 2005 These moving yet unsentimental stories recount scenes in the coming of age of Petey Bellapani, from age eight to adolescence, growing up in the Italian Catholic ethnic neighborhood of Bridgeport in Chicago. The scenes form powerful images of urban youth: A fire burns Petey’s home above a bakery. A neighborhood softball game takes an unexpected turn. And first love blooms next door and at the laundromat. The Logic of a Rose won the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction, selected by Gladys Swan.
How to Hold a Woman
ISBN: 0976717751 OV Books. 2009
An emotionally powerful bookit is organic, surprising, and edgy in a way that will appeal to male readers as well as female readers. It has the potential to be groundbreaking in its raw, honest portrayal of a just-barely-functioning family. Billy Lombardo is interested in the beauty of words. He is also a great observer of the world around him, and he is exquisite and precise in getting that world onto the page.
Billy Lombardo is the author of The Logic of a Rose: Chicago Stories, a Chicago Tribune “Best Fiction of 2005” selection. His novel Man With Two Arms is due from The Overlook Press in 2010.
Meanwhile, Roxy Mourns
ISBN: 0970801297 EM Press. 2009
The Man with Two Arms: A Novel
ISBN: 1590203070 The Overlook Press. 2010
Henry Granville, a baseball fanatic and high school teacher, spends hours in the basement with his young son Denny, introducing him to balls of all shapes and sizes.He even turns the basement into an indoor stadium. Enthralled by possibility, Henry begins guiding every instance of Denny's behavior, ensuring that every action performed on one side is matched by an equal action on the other-whether it's throwing a ball, swinging a bat, brushing his teeth, coloring, and even wiping his ass.
Denny quickly distinguishes himself from his peers, most conspicuously by his ability to throw perfectly with either arm, a feat virtually unheard of in baseball. But he also possesses a visionary gift that not even he understands. Denny becomes a superior athlete, skyrocketing through the minor leagues and into the majors where he experiences immediate success, breaking records held for decades.
When a journalist, a former student of Henry's hungry for a national breakout story, exaggerates the teacher's obsession and exposes him to the world as a monster, all hell breaks loose and the pressures of media and celebrity threaten to disrupt the world that Henry and Denny have created. A baseball novel-and much more--The Man with Two Arms is a story of the ways in which we protect, betray, forgive, love, and shape each other as we attempt to find our way through life.