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									Kent HarufKent Haruf
"Haruf's gifts as a writer go beyond choreography. He has caught his prairie people with the skill of Wright Morris, the prairie itself with the sweeping eye of Willa Cather," said the Rocky Mountain News of Kent Haruf's signature style.

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Fact File

Kent Haruf
Current Home:
South Central Mountains of Colorado
Date of Birth:
February 24, 1943
Place of Birth:
Pueblo, Colorado
B.A., Nebraska Wesleyan University, 1965; M.F.A., Iowa University (Writers' Workshop), 1973
Whiting Foundation Writer's Award, 1977; PEN/Hemingway Foundation Special Citation, 1985; Maria Thomas Fiction Award, 1991; Book Award, 1999

Haruf's Latest

Published Works

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								Eventide, Author: 
								Kent Haruf.

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by Kent Haruf
Haruf returns to the High Plains community of Holt, Colorado, and the adventures of the the beloved McPheron brothers for the sequel to his 1999 bestseller, Plainsong.

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								The Tie That Binds, Author: 
								Kent Haruf.
*  The Tie That Binds (1984)
*  Plainsong (1999)
*  Eventide (2004)

Advice for the Aspiring

"Read every day. Read with concentration. Read the same things over and over, learning as you read down the page," Haruf advises aspiring authors in our exclusive interview. He continues, "Write without expectation of success. Write like John Irving did as he was starting: He set himself the task of writing a new story every week."

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Early Inspirations

Favorite Writers & Reads

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								The Sound and the Fury, Author: 
								William Faulkner.

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The Sound and the Fury
by William Faulkner
Haruf told us how a specific quartet of books, starting with Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury, had a significant impact on his career as a writer. "These four books shocked me when I first read them as a junior in college. I've never gotten over the shock and don't want to. I was shocked, astonished, by the skill on the page." The other three:

*The Bear  by William Faulkner
*Sun Also Rises  by Ernest Hemingway
*The Snows of Kilimanjaro  by Ernest Hemingway
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								Child of God, Author: 
								Cormac McCarthy.

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Child of God
by Cormac McCarthy
"The story's grotesque, yes. But the prose is beyond compare," reflects Haruf of Cormac McCarthy's controversial novel. Read the complete interview to learn more about Haruf's favorite authors and best-loved books, including:

*Winter in the Blood  by James Welch
*A Good Man Is Hard to Find  by Flannery O'Connor
*Snow Country  by Yasunari Kawabata
*The Stranger  by Albert Camus
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