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        JOHN RUANE

          Chicago Novelist

John Ruane is a Chicago novelist who has written four critically-acclaimed books with his first novel,   A Dangerous Freedom, due out in March of 2021.  John is best known by readers for  his second book, Parish the Thought (Simon & Schuster, 2008), which is an inspirational memoir of growing up Catholic in the 1960s, and received rave reviews from critics across the country.  John's first book,  The Earl Campbell Story (ECW Press, 1999), is a biography of the powerful NFL Hall of Fame running back, focusing on his battle with panic disorder.  He has also  written two books of satire, including The Real News! and Wizards of Spin.  

John began his writing career at the Chicago Sun-Times as a feature writer.  He wrote sports and entertainment features and covered the sports media.  He has also been published in the Chicago Tribune and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Following his interest in satirical writing during college,  John went on to train in improvisation,  performance, and direction at the famed Second City Theater. He later formed The Chi-Town Players and wrote and performed in three sketch comedy revues, before venturing out on his own to write and perform in the hit show, Comedy On Rye.  He then wrote, directed and produced a rock-musical, receiving great reviews. During that same period, he wrote a television pilot and short film, both of which won the Illinois Film Award for creativity.

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 On the personal side, John married his high school sweetheart, Charlotte, and they have four wonderful children.