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2015 Book Festival Author
Wendy McClure

It’s hard to find someone who grew up in the 1970’s and 1980’s who didn’t develop a fondness for The Little House on the Prairie books as a child. It may be even harder to find someone who became more of an ardent fan of the series as Wendy McClure.

The columnist, author, and children’s book editor even wrote of her remarkable affinity for all things Laura in her book, The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie. McClure’s book won the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award for nonfiction in 2011, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, and was a Barnes & Noble Discover Pick.

I’m Not the New Me, her memoir from 2005, was featured in publications such as Time Magazine, USA Today, Elle, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

McClure’s 2006 book, The Amazing Mackerel Pudding Plan, was comprised of vintage Weight Watcher recipe cards and her commentary. Since 2004 she has written the pop culture column for BUST Magazine. Additionally, her work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times Magazine, Glamour, The Chicago Sun-Times, and on the radio program "This American Life." She has an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop.

Most recently, McClure has been at work on a children’s historical fiction series called Wanderville. She has edited over fifty novels and picture books for children as a senior editor at Albert Whitman & Company.

Originally from Oak Park, Illinois, McClure lives in Chicago with her husband.

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