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Clint McCown Holds Reading on Campus

Critically-acclaimed author will read from his newest book, Haints

3/2/2006 10:19:55 AM


Novelist, poet, playwright, actor, and former Warner Bros. screenwriter Clint McCown will be reading from his new novel Haints on March 15 at 8 p.m. in the Alice Ashley Jack Lounge at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College.

The critically-acclaimed author’s novels, The Member-Guest and War Memorials have been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. His most recently published novel The Weatherman earned the S. Mariella Gable Prize.

“McCown has created what many authors spend years trying to achieve,” said The Madison Capital Times.

His “extraordinarily vivid” and “wickedly funny” works have also earned him the American Fiction Prize twice.

McCown was born in Tennesseeand spent most of his youth in Birmingham, Alabamaduring the racial conflicts of the 1960’s. As a journalist, his investigative work on organized crime and corruption in Alabamapolitics earned him an Associated Press Award for Documentary Excellence. He is a former screenwriter for Warner Bros. and a former actor with the National Shakespeare Company.

Other distinctions include an Academy of American Poets Prize , A Barnes & Noble Discover Great Writers designation, the Society of Midland Authors Award, and a Distinction in Literature citation from the Wisconsin Library Association. McCown has also published two volumes of poetry: Sidetracks and Wind Over Water.

McCown’s essays, poems, and short stories have been featured in many publications including Chicken Soup for the Soul, Golf-Digest, Mid-American Review, American Fiction, and Sewanee Review. He currently teaches in the creative writing program at Virginia Commonwealth University and in the Stonecoast Low Residency MFA program at the University of Southern Maine .

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