John W. Fountain

Biography

A native son of Chicago, John W. Fountain is an award-winning columnist, journalist, professor and author of the memoir, True Vine: A Young Black Man’s Journey of Faith, Hope and Clarity (Public Affairs, 2003) and Dear Dad: Reflections on Fatherhood (WestSide Press, 2011). His essay, “The God Who Embraced Me” appears in National Public Radio’s book, This I Believe (Henry Holt Books, 2006), as part of the nationally acclaimed series initially started by Edward R. Morrow.

Fountain is a professor of journalism at Roosevelt University and a weekly freelance columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times.

In 2015, 2014 and 2011, Fountain received the Peter Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism for columns published in the Sun-Times. Fountain won the Lisagor Award in the category of news column or commentary among daily newspapers with a circulation of 250,000 or more from the Chicago Headline Club—the largest local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in the country. In 2014, Fountain was awarded best column by the Illinois Press Association. His most recent book, “Son of the Times: Life, Laughter, Love and Coffee” was published in 2017.

In a journalism career that has spanned more than 25 years, Fountain has been a reporter at some of the top newspapers in this country. From 2000 to 2003, he was a national correspondent for The New York Times. Based in Chicago, Fountain covered a 12-state region. He also has been a staff writer at the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune. He has written for the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Sun-Times, Modesto Bee, Pioneer Press Newspapers in suburban Chicago and the Champaign News-Gazette.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My earliest book of recollection that had the most impact was Dick Gregory's "No More Lies." It was fiery, bold truth.
How do you approach cover design?
They say, "Don't judge a book by its cover." But we do. With that in mind, I approach cover design with an understanding that sometimes all you get is one shot, one glance, to draw a reader in. So I want my covers to say something, to convey a sense of the book's meaning and, most importantly, to create a feeling.
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Books

Son Of The Times: Life, Laughter, Love & Coffee
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 65,530. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Literary criticism » American / African American, Nonfiction » Social Science » Sociology / Urban
A collection of columns, stories and essays by Award-winning writer John W. Fountain, a former national correspondent for the New York Times and staff writer at the Washington Post and Chicago Tribune.
No Place For Me: Letters to the Church in America
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 80,920. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Inspirational, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Life / Inspirational
This book is more than the narrative of one man’s religious journey. It is reflective of the quandary facing thousands of men—and women—who love God but no longer can bring themselves to go to church on Sundays. Spurred by a 2005 Washington Post essay, it is a must read written from the heart of one the church's sons who openly declares: “I still love love God. But I've lost faith in the church."

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