Catherine Tudish taught writing and literature at Harvard for eight years before moving to Vermont to work as a journalist. Her acclaimed first short story collection, Tenney's Landing, links the lives of a cross-section of inhabitants of a small Pennsylvania river town, showcasing her gift for creating authentic characters.
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Date of Birth:
August 3, 1952
Place of Birth:
B.A., Southern Illinois University, 1973; Ph.D., St. Louis University, 1979
|2005 Discover Award Finalist|
|Tenney's Landing: Stories|
"The short stories in Tenney's Landing, Catherine Tudish's wonderful first work of fiction, range all the way from South America to South Dakota. Most, however, are set in the tiny, rural community of Tenney's Landing, in western Pennsylvania," Discover Awards judge Howard Frank explains. "In the tradition of such well-rooted American storytellers as Eudora Welty and Flannery O'Connor, Catherine Tudish explores, with great compassion and great artistry, what it truly means to be human, in Tenney's Landing and the world over."
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|An Authors' Outing|
|"I once attended opening day at Fenway Park with Doris Lessing," Tudish recalls in our interview. It was April 1983, and she was a visiting writer at Boston University, where I was taking a fiction workshop. Our teacher, who never missed opening day, decided it would be a good idea for our class to invite Ms. Lessing along, since she happened to be sitting in that morning. I think she mostly disapproved of what went on in the workshop. She told us they didn’t have such things in British universities. She seemed to find the ‘baseball match,’ as she called it, equally perplexing. The most successful part of this particular cultural exchange was our lunch between class and the game -- at a Chinese restaurant.” |
|Early Inspiration||Reading Recommendations|
|The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty|
"Reading The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty and then shortly afterward hearing her give the lectures at Harvard that became her book One Writer’s Beginnings was a turning point for me," Tudish says. I found her work wise and compassionate and searching. "When I heard her speak about her life as a writer, I was moved by her devotion to it."
"I was drawn into the faded mill town where the book is set, partly by the place itself -- a town where people find a way to carry on -- but mostly by its unforgettable characters," Tudish observes about one of her favorite reads, Richard Russo's Empire Falls. Read our interview with Tudish to learn more about her best-loved books, including:
|Photo by John Douglas||