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Richard Bausch gave a reading of Nobody in Hollywood at APSU


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Author Richard Bausch

Author Richard Bausch

Clarksville, TN – Richard Bausch gave a reading of his short story Nobody in Hollywood from The Stories of Richard Bausch in the Morgan University Center to a standing room only crowd yesterday. The story was also published in the New Yorker Magazine in May 1996. Bausch was introduced by APSU Professor Barry Kitterman.

Bausch is an older gentleman with a gray hat, white hair. glasses, and a distinguished beard. The author reads with a clear crisp voice that washes over the crowd with a soothing quality. The writing is in every day English, read by the author with a reality that keeps the audiences attention. There is a depth to the characters that pulls you relentlessly deeper into the work. Yet a easy going humor is sprinkled throughout the story, resulting in laughs and chuckles throughout the reading.

Hearing an author read their work is always a special event. Their voice puts the color on the words bringing out details and emotional shading that you might miss when reading it on your own.

According to the author’s website, in The Stories of Richard Bausch (2004). Bausch is a compelling storyteller whether he’s creating such richly layered novels as Hello to the Cannibals (2002) or his electrifying short stories. Notable for their structural perfection, convincing physicality, and psychological depth, Bausch’s masterful stories were showcased in a selected collection in 1996, and are now presented in a major retrospective volume containing 42 indelible tales.

If you find yourself a fan, the author has a large body of works for you to to draw from.

About Richard Bausch

Richard Bausch reading at APSU

Richard Bausch reading at APSU

Richard Bausch was born in Ft. Benning, Georgia in 1945. He was educated in the public schools in and around Washington, D.C., and after two failures to maintain a standing in college, served a stint in the Air Force, after which he returned to university studies, first in Virginia and then at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. He is the author of ten novels and seven collections of stories, including the novels Rebel Powers, Violence, Good Evening Mr. & Mrs. America And All The Ships At Sea, In The Night Season, Hello To The Cannibals, and the just released Thanksgiving Night; and the story collections Spirits, The Fireman’s Wife, Rare & Endangered Species, Someone To Watch Over Me, The Stories of Richard Bausch, and Wives & Lovers. His novel, The Last Good Time was made into a feature-length motion picture, directed by Bob Balaban, starring Armin Meuhler-Stahl, Maureen Stapleton, and Lionel Stander, released in April 1995.

An acknowledged Master of the short story form, Richard Bausch’s work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Harper’s, The New Yorker, Playboy, The Southern Review, New Stories From the South, The Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories and The Pushcart Prize Stories; and they have been widely anthologized, including The Granta Book of the American Short Story, and The Vintage Book of the Contemporary American Short Story. The Modern Library published The Selected Stories of Richard Bausch in March, 1996. He has won two National Magazine Awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Lila-Wallace Reader’s Digest Fund Writer’s Award, the Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and The 2004 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. In 1995 he was elected to the Fellowship of Southern Writers. In 1999 he signed on as co-editor, with RV Cassill, of The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. Since Cassill’s passing, in 2002, he is the sole editor of that prestigious anthology. He currently serves as The Moss Chair of Excellence in the Writing Program at The University of Memphis.

He currently serves as the Moss Chair of Excellence in English at the University of Memphis.

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    Bill Larson

    Bill Larson is  is politically and socially active in the community. Bill is a member of the Friends of Dunbar Cave.

    You can reach him via telephone at 931-249-0043 or via the email address below.



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