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									John ShorsJohn Shors
Ambition is not uncommon in the world of young writers, but John Shors still manages to stand out as an author unlike any other. First, he spent five years writing the authentic, romantic Beneath a Marble Sky, a novel narrated by Jahanara, the daughter of Taj Mahal creator Shah Jahan. Now he is traveling all over the country to promote his critically applauded debut by personally visiting local book clubs.

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* Visit the Historical Fiction Book Club for a free discussion of Beneath a Marble Sky with Shors



Fact File

Name:
John Shors
Current Home:
Boulder, Colorado
Date of Birth:
March 4, 1969
Place of Birth:
Des Moines, Iowa
Education:
B.A. in English, Colorado College, 1991
Awards:
“Book of the Year,” ForeWord magazine, 2004

*  John Shors's official web site




A Dazzling Debut

Book Cover Image. Title: 
								Beneath a Marble Sky, Author: 
								John Shors.

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Beneath a Marble Sky
by John Shors
In Beneath a Marble Sky, readers enter a realm rife with contrasts, where love turns into betrayal, where war collides with beauty, where the visions of a commoner inspire the dreams of a princess. Richly authentic, superbly written, this extraordinary work of historical fiction immerses the reader in ancient India's finest and darkest days.



Getting into the Groove

"When I am in such a groove, I type as fast as I can, not caring if words are spelled properly or if everything makes perfect sense," Shors shares in our interview. "As I type, the outside world simply disappears. I don’t think about what might be happening over the weekend or bills that need to be paid or house projects with my name on them. I’m simply consumed with writing as much as possible during this rare moment of clarity."



Shors Recommends...



Book Cover Image. Title: 
								Lonesome Dove, Author: 
								Larry McMurtry.

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Lonesome Dove
by Larry McMurtry
"I think this is a brilliant novel, one that is defined by a remarkable cast of characters," says Shors when naming Lonesome Dove as an all-time favorite read. "This is one of the funniest novels I’ve read, and definitely transported me to the Wild West."

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								The Pillars of the Earth, Author: 
								Ken Follett.

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The Pillars of the Earth
by Ken Follett
"I think this is Follet’s best book," Shors observes of another best-loved book, The Pillars of the Earth. "I love its pace, its heroes and villains, [and] its ability to take me somewhere new." Read our interview to hear more about Shors' favorite writers and reads, including:

*Tai-Pan  by James Clavell
*The Grapes of Wrath  by John Steinbeck
*First They Killed My Father  by Loung Ung
*The Power of One  by Bryce Courtenay
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