EP: “Saints Have Mothers” is going to be published in Italy in September and “Saint Monster” to be republished then, too. Both have saints in the title. And some sort of saint in the plot. Why are you so interested in holiness, goodness? Do you feel a bit of a saint? AG: Only sinners like […]
Author of “Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All” and “Local Souls” describes the joys of living next to a cemetery for CBS Sunday Morning.
Podcast of Allan Gurganus reading at UCLA Hammer Library on October 10, 2013
Beauty Is Its Own Excuse: The novelist Allan Gurganus discovered the secret to happiness: collecting.
Noah Charney interviews Allan Gurganus for The Daily Beast
Has any Spring been harder-earned or slower to appear? I’m delighted to emerge as it does— for the paperback tour of “Local Souls.” I’m about to hit some of those cities I missed last fall.
On April 6th I will appear at the North Carolina Literary Festival in Raleigh at NC State University. At 12 PM, I am to introduce my friends, the gifted writers, Elizabeth Spencer (“Starting Over”) and Wilton Barnhardt (“Lookaway Lookaway”). At 4 PM, I’ll have an onstage conversation with the gifted young novelist, Michael Parker. His just-published work is “All I Have in This World” from Algonquin Books.
I will next appear in my old haunt, Iowa City, Iowa on April 10th-11th. The morning of the 10th I am to teach a class at the Writers’ Workshop, at Dey House on the University campus. I plan to discuss ”Character in Fiction: How is He or She Marked?” And I will consider three student stories, copies available in advance. The evening of the 11th I will read from “Local Souls” at the revered Prairie Lights Bookstore where I’m to happily answer question and sign copies.
Come Sunday April 13th, I will appear in Los Angeles on a panel (regarding fiction set in small town America) at the LA Book Fair and will sign after the event.
On May 3rd, at 7 PM, I am to read in Asheville, North Carolina at the beloved Malaprops Books. I missed Asheville on the hardback tour and lost out on seeing many friends.
Am looking forward to May 24th. I am slated to read at Park Road Books of Charlotte, NC at 2 PM. I haven’t read in Charlotte since “White People” in 1990. I look forward to seeing new readers, kinfolk and old high school pals.
With several trips and events planed through the summer, I end the season in Italy at the Festivaletteratura in Mantua. Fun fact: my first novel translates from the Italian as ” The last Confederate widow spills the beans.”
Thank you for supporting my novellas “Local Souls”. I am launched on a new work of fiction, heartened by recent reviews and continuing good wishes. Thanks for reading me alive. Yours, Allan