Conversation with Richard Ford on Prairie Schooner

richardford1Widening Empathy,” a conversation with Richard Ford is the fifth interview in the Crooked Letter Interview Series hosted by Prairie Schooner’s Southern Correspondent, James Madison Redd.

Richard Ford has published seven novels and four collections of stories, including his most recent novel, Canada. Independence Day was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the first time the same book had won both prizes. A new collection of stories is forthcoming. The following is a brief excerpt from Ford’s recent email conversation with Redd. Check it out on the Schooner website.

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Richard Ford to be Fifth Author Featured in Crooked Letter

Richard Ford has published four collections of stories and seven novels including his most recent, Canada. Independence Day was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner award for Fiction, the first time the same book had won both prizes. A new collection is forthcoming. James Redd’s interview with Ford will be featured on the Prairie Schooner Blog this Friday, 11/30/2012. Stay tuned for a link to the interview “Widening Empathy and Understanding.”Image

Redd’s Story “Half-Day Christmas” featured on Steel Toe Review

Half-Day Christmas," a story about how divorce breaks up Christmas and a father tries to make sure he doesn't lose his daughter in the process, is now featured on Steel Toe Review, a journal of contemporary Southern arts & Literature. It is taken from Redd's collection, Taking the Cure, which was a semi-finalist for the St. Lawrence Book Award.

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I did too tell him that, and what else I told him will cut him to the quick. It’s funny Darlene’s new husband—you remember, that dick Richard?—don’t pay attention to my advice when I come over to the new house he built them and see the foundation already cracking, and I say, “Hey, better let me patch that up before it rains and your basement’s flooding. Might be the wood’s rotting and you could fall through the floor.” No, they think I’m just looking for a way to finagle some money. Well, I am needing money, but I’m not just looking for that: It might make me giggle to think of Richard slipping through the floor and breaking his leg. But I sure don’t want to have to go in their house to pick up my sweet baby girl Janna and find out she’s living in a three-story house…

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Redd’s Collection of Stories, Taking the Cure, Receives Honor

James Madison Redd’s collection of interrelated short stories, Taking the Cure, has been announced as a semi-finalist for the 2012 St. Lawrence Book Award in Fiction. See the list of finalists here. “Half-Day Christmas,” a story from the collection, is upcoming from Steel Toe Review this month.

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Advance praise for Redd’s collection:

Taking the Cure, a collection of interrelated short stories, sees life through the perspective of the Southern and marginalized. Unfairly pushed to the fringes of polite Southern society, homosexuals and their children, ex-husbands and widowers, beggars and addicts, are just trying to live a happy life. The community claims that these “sinners” need redemption through either the church, prison, or rehabilitation. Yet these institutions’ “remedies” can cause great harm. Redd’s fiction proves that people who suffer need, not a judgmental, vengeful, and distant God,  but acceptance, compassion, and understanding from the rest of humanity.”

According to the press, “Each year Black Lawrence Press will award The St. Lawrence Book Award for an unpublished collection of poems or short stories. The St. Lawrence Book Award is open to any writer who has not yet published a full-length collection of short stories or poems. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, and ten copies of the book.”

Dangerous Boundaries and the Enemy of Insularity: Poet T.R. Hummer

The fourth interview of the Crooked Letter Interview Series featuring poet T.R. Hummer is available on the Prairie Schooner Blog. See James Madison Redd’s newest interview here. 

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Poet T.R. Hummer to be Fourth Author Featured in Crooked Letter

Redd’s interview with poet T.R. Hummer, “Dangerous Boundaries and the Enemy of Insularity” will be the fourth in the Crooked Letter Interview Series hosted by the Schooner’s Southern Correspondent, James Madison Redd.

Recipient of the Richard Wright Prize for Literature and a Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry, T. R. Hummer is an internationally-recognized poet and scholar who was born and raised in Macon, Mississippi. His new book of poems, Ephemeron, was published by LSU Press in Fall 2011, and a new book of essays, Available Surfaces, appeared in the University of Michigan Press’s “Poets on Poetry” series in August 2012.Photo Credit: Tom McDermott