Born and raised in Rock Island, Illinois, Morty Shallman has been writing and performing original songs since the age of 12, and wrote his first novella, "To Exist with the Night" while still in high school. Morty is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Chicago, where he studied creative writing with renowned novelist Richard Stern, and where he began to explore the nexus of music and literature. After serving as lead singer and songwriter for popular Chicago Rock Band, “Minds of Babes,” Shallman moved to Los Angeles, where he has released several critically acclaimed solo CDs, performed at top clubs, and continues his work as a singer-songwriter, novelist and screenwriter.
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Last of the Zacharys, A Novel with Songs
by Morty Shallman
Published: May 28, 2010
» Coming of age
"Catcher in the Rye" meets "The Beatles" in "Last of the Zacharys, a Novel with Songs." Recognized as the world's first Novel with Songs, this unique mash-up of literary fiction and pop music features a full-length novel and an accompanying soundtrack of 44 original songs, which can be streamed and downloaded from the web at www.lastofthezacharys.com
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