John M. Adams grew up in the Chicago area. After earning a BA in English and MS in Library Science from the University of Illinois, he was employed by the Los Angeles Public Library until he decided to increase his salary by becoming a bureaucrat. He served as director of the Moline (IL) Public Library, the Tampa-Hillsborough County (FL) library system, and as County Librarian for Orange County (CA) until retiring. His first book, “THE MILLIONAIRE AND THE MUMMIES: Theodore Davis’s Gilded Age in the Valley of the Kings” will be published by the St. Martins Press on June 25, 2013.
Adams was the founding president of the Orange County chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt and served on the ARCE Board of Governors. He is a regular contributor to Kmt: A Modern Journal of Ancient Egypt, and lives with his wife and two dogs on a farm in central Illinois.