Master of Ceremonies
Eleven years and four books after his last appearance, New York Times bestselling author Andre Dubus III returns to Literary Sojourn as Master of Ceremonies. His nine works include the New York Times’ bestsellers House of Sand and Fog, The Garden of Last Days, and his memoir, Townie, which tells his story of growing up with three siblings and their exhausted working mother after the departure of his father, the late short story master, Andre Dubus, in a depressed Massachusetts mill town saturated with drugs and crime. Richard Russo says, “I’ve never read a better or more serious meditation on violence, its sources, consequences, and, especially, its terrifying pleasures than Townie.” Dubus’ new memoir is Ghost Dogs: On Killers and Kin, a reflection on a life of challenges, contradictions and fulfillments. Richard Ford observes, “Here is human life often cloaked in transporting mystery. Dubus possesses a rare and empathetic brilliance.” Dubus’ novel House of Sand and Fog was a finalist for the National Book Award, a No. 1 New York Times Bestseller, and was made into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly. He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, The National Magazine Award for Fiction, two Pushcart Prizes, and is a recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature.