Kent Haruf: Past American VoiceFiction
Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20170804, 20020918, 20010530, 20001108
We look back on the life of novelist Kent Haruf (1943-2014), still a favorite writer of book clubs across the country. September 2017 marks the inaugural Kent Haruf Literary Celebration in Salida for this Colorado native, whose work often took place in the rural American high plains and reflected his own upbringing. In this archive interview, Haruf talks about his book, Plainsong, a finalist for the 1999 National Book Award and winner of Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award. He discusses his influences and the craft of writing, and how his process includes a highly unusual method of "writing blind" to complete his first draft.
We go to the archives to revisit a program that examines important African-American writers, beginning with the 18th century's Phyllis Wheatley and concluding with former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove. This show also features the late Margaret Walk...
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