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Monday, June 25, 2007
Conversations Book Club prepares to welcome two bestselling masters: John Saul and Jerry Jenkins
John Saul was born in Pasadena, California on February 25, 1942, and grew up in Whittier where he graduated from Whittier High School in 1959. He attended several colleges—Antioch, in Ohio, Cerritos, in Norwalk, California, Montana State University and San Francisco State College, variously majoring in anthropology, liberal arts, and theater, but never obtaining a degree.
After leaving college, he decided the best thing for a college dropout to do was become a writer, and spent the next fifteen years working in various jobs while attempting to write a book someone would want to publish. Should anyone ever want to write a novel concerning the car-rental industry or the travails of temporary typists, John can provide excellent background material.
Those years garnered him a nice collection of unpublished manuscripts, but not a lot of money. Eventually he found an agent in New York, who spent several years sending his manuscripts around, and trying to make the rejection slips sound hopeful. Then, in 1976, one of his manuscripts reached Dell, who didn't want to buy it, but asked if he'd be interested in writing a psychological thriller. He put together an outline, and crossed his fingers.
At that point, things started getting bizarre. His agent decided the outline had all the makings of a best-seller, and so did Dell. Gambling on a first novel by an unknown author, they backed the book with television advertising (one of the first times a paperback original was promoted on television) and the gamble paid off. Within a month Suffer the Children appeared on all the best-seller lists in the country and made the #1 spot in Canada. Subsequently all 32 of his books, have made all the best-seller lists and have been published world wide. Though many of his books were published by Bantam/Doubleday/Dell his last fourteen books have been published by Ballantine/Fawcett/Columbine.
On Thursday, September 6, 2007, Conversations Book Club will speak with internationally recognized author Jerry Jenkins of the LEFT BEHIND series! This will take place at 6p.m. CST at a location in Mississippi to be announced at a later date!
Jerry B. Jenkins is the author of the Left Behind novels, the fastest-selling fiction series ever. These books have garnered millions of readers since the series began in 1995. Jerry has written more than 150 books, including the Underground Zealot series: SOON, Silenced, and Shadowed.
Sixteen of Jerry's titles have reached the New York Times best-seller list and have also appeared on the The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly best-seller lists. The last six books in the Left Behind series...including Glorious Appearing...debuted at #1 on all four lists.