Terry Tarnoff
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Terry Tarnoff

Terry Tarnoff began his career as a writer at the tender age of twelve, when he was paid a penny a word to write phony letters to the editor of a small Milwaukee newspaper. He attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison during the political upheaval of the 1960s, worked at the East Side Bookstore in New York's East Village during the Summer of Love, lived for several years in Berkeley, then headed for Europe,where he supported himself as a blues musician, playing harmonica in bands from London to Amsterdam to Stockholm. Soon after, he hooked up with an international brigade of travelers--a new generation of expatriates who took their cues from Henry Miller, Paul Bowles and Jack Kerouac as they pushed further down the road.

That road led to the coast of Kenya and the plains of Tanzania, to the deserts of India and the mountains of Nepal, to the war-torn villages of Laos and the islands of Indonesia. Along the way, Terry played with an African band in Mombasa, performed as a singer-guitarist in the Far East, and was a founding member of a rock band in Goa, India.

Terry's first book, "The Bone Man of Benares," recounts the first half of his eight-year journey abroad. It was published in the U.S. by St. Martin's Press, in the U.K. by Bantam Books, and in Australia by Allen& Unwin, and has been translated into Italian, Japanese, and Chinese. A one-man show adapted from "The Bone Man of Benares" was produced by the Encore Theatre Company in San Francisco, where it had a very successful six-week run. The book and play were optioned for a feature film in Hollywood.

Tarnoff's adventures and misadventures as a screenwriter became the basis for his second novel, "The Thousand Year Journey of Tobias Parker." His third novel, "The Chronicle of Stolen Dreams," explores inner space, outer space, and several spaces in between. His latest book, "The Reflectionist," looks back upon the second half of his eight-year journey abroad. All are available from Avian Press. Visit www.terrytarnoff.com.

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