Jaymie Simmon’s Chicago-based debut novel, THE GOD GENE, is the winner of the 2013 National Indie Excellence Award for Literary Fiction. It was also a finalist in the 2013 Midwest Book Awards. Simmon will be at the Printers Row Lit Fest today and June 9 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. in the Illinois Woman’s Press Association tent, where the author will be selling and signing copies of her book.

THE GOD GENE centers on Rosalind Evans, a beautiful, determined, 36-year-old cancer researcher at a prestigious Chicago university. She is completing work on a highly confidential pharma project when she discovers that the genetic code at the center of the second chromosome spells out The Ten Commandments.

“The God Gene” is as much social satire as it is thriller.”

Simmon donates a portion of the proceeds from every book to charity. This year’s recipient is BallouSkies, a charity that supports research for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

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