Andre Dubus III will speak about the writing life and his own unique creative path—one that pulled him out of a life of violence and allowed him to find his voice through the arts. His talk will touch on such questions as how the practice of writing can combat the tensions and conflicts in one's life and offer us new ways to navigate, revision, and reconstruct the world around us.
Andre Dubus III grew up in mill towns on the Merrimack River along the Massachusetts-New Hampshire border. He is the author of seven books including three New York Times bestsellers. His most recent is Gone So Long (2018). House of Sand and Fog was a #1 New York Times bestseller, a fiction finalist for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Booksense Book of the Year, and was an Oprah Book Club Selection, and was adapted into an Academy Award-nominated motion picture starring Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly. The Garden of Last Days is soon to be a major motion picture. His memoir, Townie, was a #4 New York Times bestseller and a New York Times Editors Choice. Dirty Love was chosen as a Notable Book and Editors’ Choice from the New York Times, a Notable Fiction from the Washington Post, and a Kirkus Starred Best Book of 2013. Mr. Dubus has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, The National Magazine Award for Fiction, Two Pushcart Prizes, and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. His books are published in over twenty-five languages.
NeMLA members are encouraged to read Gone So Long in preparation for the keynote address. If you have questions for Mr. Dubus, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org, bring them to ask him yourself at the convention, or submit them with our forthcoming new and improved mobile app!
We are delighted to announce that award-winning novelist Christina Milletti, Executive Director of the Humanities Institute at the University at Buffalo, will interview Mr. Dubus as part of our new initiative, the Humanities on the Road, featuring internationally renowned authors from our annual convention’s local host city.