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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Charlene Wexler  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Mystery

Born: 1943 in Chicago, Illinois

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Wexler grew up on Chicago's South side and graduated from the University of Illinois in Urbana. She still resides in Chicago today. Most of her books are set in Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Charlene Wexler is a graduate of the University of Illinois. She has worked as a teacher and dental office bookkeeper and as "a wife, mom, and grandmother," she said. In recent years, Wexler's lifelong passion for writing has led her to create numerous essays as well as fiction. Her work has appeared in several publications, including North Shore Magazine; the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry's Vision magazine; Alpha Omegan magazine; the book and CD Famous Poets of the Heartland: A Treasury of Beloved Family Poems, Talent and the Gazette newspaper of Chicago.Wexler is active with the Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity, the Authors Marketing Group, the Chicago Writers Association, Children's Memorial Hospital philanthropy, Lungevity (an organization that fights lung cancer), the McHenry Bicycle Club, the Museum of Science and Industry, the National Council of Jewish Women, the Richmond IL Book Club, the Jewish United Fund, and the University of Illinois Alumni Association.


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Titles At Your Library

Murder on Skid Row
ISBN: 1449073565

AuthorHouse. 2010

August,1966 newly dental school graduate, Mel Greenberg, opened his first office on Chicago's Skid Row. He was young, naive, poor, and optimistic. "Spare any change, and I don't know nothing," was the language of the many characters he met and treated. Everyone on the street had a secret and a reason for being there. Abe, the pharmacist, acted like a friend to Mel, and the inhabitants of Skid Row, but he had other reasons for staying on a street full of bums, drug addicts, gang members, and prostitutes. Mel really thought he could help his patients, until the murders took over the area. Murders that directly involved him, making him a suspect, and a victim.

Murder Across The Ocean
ISBN: 1500439428

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2014

American widow Lori Brill thought she'd have an uneventful vacation in London visiting her Granddaughter, Cate. At the airport she ran into Josh, her high-school boyfriend. This resulted in an unexpected night of passion in a London hotel. Lori was all smiles as she stepped out of the shower the next morning, until she saw Josh's bloody corpse lying in the bed. Who killed Josh? Find out in Murder Across The Ocean.

Elephants in the Room (Black & White Edition)
ISBN: 1523471964

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2016

Elephants In The Room is award-winning author Charlene Wexler’s latest collection of short fiction and essays examining life, love, and the tragedy and comedy of the human condition. Whether she is tackling fiction or essays, Charlene Wexler writes from the heart. With a keen eye for detail and a way of looking at the world a bit sideways, Wexler’s writings in Elephants In The Room will entertain while they make you think. In Elephants In The Room, Wexler’s fiction and essays are grouped in five categories. Coming of Age features essays and fiction about growing up and reaching some of life’s milestones—whether you are ready or not. In Family and Friends, you’ll meet some of the fun characters in Wexler’s life and in her fiction, and inevitably you’ll think about similar loved ones in your own world. The story “Elephants In The Room,” from which the title of this book is derived, appears in this section. What would life be without our animal pals? Wexler shares some stories about four-footed friends and loved ones in Animal Magnetism. The Passing Parade features Wexler’s fiction and prose observations on the changes in our fast-paced world. Senior Moments contains Wexler’s wry, humorous, and even serious observations on the mature years. After reading Elephants In The Room, you’ll see why Wexler’s books and short stories have won multiple awards. Her style makes you feel as if you are reading about or talking to dear friends. Elephants In The Room is Wexler’s second collection of fiction and essays published in book form. The first, Milk and Oranges, won several awards. Elephants In The Room is a collection of stories that will pluck at your heartstrings and tickle your funnybone.


Awards

-- Murder on Skid Row

International Apex Award of Excellence, Communications Concepts Milk and Oranges

International Grand Award, Communications Concepts Apex Awards, 2012

Bronze Award, Women's Issues category, eLit Murder Across The Ocean

Apex Award