VJ Books Presents Larry Brown!
Larry Brown (July 9, 1951 - November 24, 2004) grew up near Oxford, Mississippi. After graduating from high school, he had a short stint with the Marines. A few years later, he took a creative writing class from the University of Mississippi.
Brown began writing in 1980 in his spare time while he worked as a firefighter. His first publication was a short story that appeared in the June 1982 issue of biker magazine Easyriders. His first books were two collections of short stories: Facing the Music (1988) and Big Bad Love (1990). His first publication was a short story that appeared in the June 1982 issue of biker magazine Easyriders. His first books were two collections of short stories: Facing the Music (1988) and Big Bad Love (1990).
In March 2007, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill published Brown's unfinished novel, A Miracle of Catfish. Although Brown died before finishing the book, the final page of the published version includes his notes about how he wanted the novel to end.
For one semester, Brown taught as a writer-in-residence in the creative writing program at the University of Mississippi. He later served as visiting writer at the University of Montana in Missoula. He taught briefly at other colleges throughout the United States..
Larry Brown Bibliography
Dirty Work - 1989
- Joe - 1991
- Father and Son - 1996
- Fay - 2000
- The Rabbit Factory - 2003
- A Miracle of Catfish - 2007 (posthumous)
- Facing the Music - 1988
- Big Bad Love - 1990
- Billy Ray's Farm: Essays from a Place Called Tula - 2001
Larry Brown Awards
- Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Fiction
- Southern Book Award for Fiction for his novel Joe - 1992
- Southern Book Award for Fiction for his novel Father and Son - 1997
- Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Award - 1998
- State of Mississippi granted him a Governor's Award For Excellence in the Arts - 2000
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