APSU creative writing professor shares insights and reflections on his debut novel. Personal input and experience part of the writing experience for local author.
As the City of Clarksville raced to complete preparations for its annual music showcase, Riverfest, Austin Peay State University Creative Writing Professor Barry Kitterman gave a reading and discussion of his debut novel, The Baker’s Boy, with an enthusiastic gathering in the APSU Mass Communication/Music Center.
An admiring and warm introduction by fellow APSU English Department colleague David Till, professor emeritus, preceded Kitterman’s address. A tall man, bearded, with a confident voice and demeanor, Kitterman guided his audience through his presentation with a comfortable and engaging style.
His own experiences with the Peace Corps in Belize became part of the story’s main character and the novel’s background. The character’s personal doubts and struggles all ring true as they are drawn from the author’s own life story. The novel is not an autobiography, but rather a fictional story drawn from aspects of a real life. Skillfully told, the reading is compelling and engrossing.
The reading was followed by a reception in the Mass Communication Center lobby. Professor Kitterman continued discussion of his novel and the writing experience with his audience.