From our Discover Great New Writers editors: "It's our pleasure to introduce Ben Fountain, a writer with a sharp, provocative mind whose debut, a collection of eight short stories, offers both a journey to places most of us have never seen, and a view on life and war that's full of ambiguity."
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Place of Birth:
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
B.A. in English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1980; J.D., Duke University School of Law, 1983
Texas Institute of Letters Short Story Award, 2002; Pushcart Prize, 2004; Texas Institute of Letters Short Story Award, 2004; O. Henry Award, 2005; New Stories from the South, The Year’s Best, 2006; Pushcart Prize, 2007
|2006 Discover Award Finalist|
|Brief Encounters with Che Guevara (P.S. Series)|
"With current affairs growing more painful by the day, and our reputation abroad tarnished, American readers naturally turn to literature with a global perspective. Who better to help us understand who we are and where we're going than our most articulate, thoughtful writers?" ask our Discover program editors. Fountain's exceptional short story collection features a cast of globe-trotting characters and "shows empathy for his hapless American protagonists and a nuanced understanding of the people they move among," says The New York Times.
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|Good Calls, All|
|"The smartest thing I did in law school: asking my future wife to go out dancing with me. The smartest thing I did when practicing law: quitting," Fountain reveals in our interview when reflecting on his Big Life Decisions. "The smartest thing I’ve done in writing: following my own head and writing what I wanted to write, and nothing but.”|
|The White Album|
We asked Fountain to tell us about some of his favorite books, and Joan Didion's The White Album made his list. "Her unflinching examinations of American life -- her own and others’, the life of the culture, the whole package -- make her not only a model of honesty and craftsmanship but one of the chief reading pleasures in this writer’s life," he observes.
|A Flag for Sunrise|
"Maybe 'hallucinatory realism' is one way to describe this very fine novel, a book that distills big-picture questions of politics and power through the lives of three North Americans in the fictional Latin American country of Tecan," Fountain explains about another of his favorite books, A Flag for Sunrise by Robert Stone. Read our interview to see more of Fountain's reading list, which includes:
|Photo by Liliana Castillo||