Edward Kelsey Moore, Author and Musician
Award winning, best-selling author Edward Kelsey Moore is from the midwest. Born in the state of Indiana, these days he lives in Chicago, Illinois.
Mr. Moore received a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University, and a Master of Music degree from
the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His teachers included renowned cellists János Starker and
Bernard Greenhouse. For more than two decades Edward Kelsey Moore has been a professional musician, performing with acclaimed midwestern orchestras including: the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Chicago Philharmonic
and the Joffrey Ballet Orchestra. He has played on many recordings, and toured nationally and internationally.
In addition to performing, Mr. Moore has been a popular professor of music, training and nurturing a new generation of cello players.
Edward Kelsey Moore's essays and short fiction have appeared in the New York Times and in many literary magazines including Indiana Review, African American Review and Inkwell. His essay, Piaf and Roadkill, published in Ninth Letter, received an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award. Another of his award winning short stories, Grandma and the Elusive Fifth Crucifix, was dramatized and broadcast over Chicago Public Radio and NPR. More recently, Edward Kelsey Moore was commissioned by Minnesota Public Radio to write a series of personal essays for their ClassicalMPR and YourClassical websites. After the first five essays proved to be very popular, Minnesota Public Radio renewed the commission for another series of essays, which were posted on their sites in 2016.
The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat is Mr. Moore's first book. Overseas the novel was selected for the popular BBC Radio2 Book Club and it was featured at Exclusives Books locations across South Africa in their Best Reads of the Month displays. Shortly after publication Edward Kelsey Moore was invited to London to promote the British editions, and then to Germany where he, along with a moderator and a popular German actress, presented evening-length readings in six cities to introduce the German translation. Published in a French translation in the spring of 2014, the Supremes received excellent reviews and was on French bestseller lists for several weeks. A pocket paperback edition was published in the summer of 2015 which became a repeat bestseller in France! In addition to the English editions for the U.S. and for the U.K., the novel has been published in nine other languages.
As a bestseller in the U.S. The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat has been featured by Amazon for more than 10 months as one of their Best Books of the Month. The novel has twice been on the Independent Booksellers' IndieNEXT List, and it debuted on the New York Times Best Seller List (in a tie) at #15. Additionally, the book was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection.
Edward Kelsey Moore was given a First Novelist Award by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, and the book was chosen by the Illinois Reading Council for inclusion in their state-wide literacy program: Illinois Reads.
Early in 2015 The Supremes at Earl's was selected by a collective of six diverse Chicago suburbs to spark dialogue among local residents during a winter-long program: Coming Together in Niles Township -- Voices of Race. Later in 2015 the novel was chosen by the seven counties which form the Calumet Region in northwest Indiana for their annual literacy program: Books to Bridge the Region. And the book was highlighted by the New York City Public Library System when it was included on their official Summer Reading at New York Libraries list.
The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat has also been optioned for a movie adaptation, in association with
Fox Searchlight Pictures.
Edward Kelsey Moore has toured the U.S. and overseas, celebrating the publication of The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat and meeting his many enthusiastic fans.
A new novel, The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues, will be published in 2017!
Visit at: www.edwardkelseymoore.com