Jonathan Messinger

How They Came to Us

I’ve known Jonathan Messinger for years – ever since he co-founded Featherproof Books in Chicago.  It kind of, sort of, felt like we grew up in publishing together.  We’ve always kept in touch and would bump into each other at various Chicago publishing events.  When Jonathan told me about his idea for a book project based on his successful podcast, The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian, I went home and binge-listened the show with my kids.  We were all hooked!


Jonathan Messinger is an award-winning author and journalist. Messinger was a founding editor of Time Out Chicago, where he edited its books section and then went on to be the web editor for Time Out Chicago Kids. He has been named one of the Top 50 literary figures in Chicago five times by NewCity, and was named one of Chicago’s “Top 30 under 30” by UR Chicago, though he has since aged and balded his way out of qualification for that award. His 2007 book of stories, Hiding Out, was named a Best Book of the Year by The Omaha World-Herald, and was an Alex Awards nominee. Following the success of The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian, he co-founded Gen-Z Kids, a podcast production company that has created some of the most popular podcasts for kids. He currently serves as executive producer and lives in Chicago with his wife and two sons.

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The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian

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