Andre Dubus III
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|Andre Dubus III|
Dubus at a New York Barnes & Noble on October 15, 2013.
|Born||September 11, 1959
|Occupation||Novelist, short story writer, Professor|
|Education||University of Texas at Austin, B.A. 1981|
|Notable works||"The House of Sand and Fog", "Townie: A Memoir"|
|Spouse||Fontaine Dollas Dubus|
Early life and career
Dubus was born in Oceanside, California. The son of Patricia (Lowe) and Louisiana-born writer Andre Dubus, Andre Dubus III grew up in mill towns in the Merrimack River valley along the Massachusetts—New Hampshire border with his three siblings: Suzanne, Jeb and Nicole. He began writing fiction at the age of 22, just a few months after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor's degree in sociology. To support himself, he worked as a carpenter, bartender, office cleaner, and halfway house counselor.
His first published short story, "Forky," was published by Playboy when Dubus was 23 years old. Dubus' novel House of Sand and Fog (1999) was a finalist for the National Book Award and was adapted for an Academy Award-nominated film of the same name. His 2011 memoir Townie tells of growing up poor in Haverhill after his parents' divorce, street fighting, and eventually boxing, and deals extensively with his relationship with his father. His essay "Blood, Root, Knit, Purl" appears in the anthology Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting, published by W. W. Norton & Company in November 2013.
A member of PEN American Center, Dubus has served as a panelist for the National Book Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has taught writing at Harvard University, Tufts University, Emerson College, and the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he is a full-time faculty member.
Dubus' work has been included in The Best American Essays 1994, The Best Spiritual Writing 1999, and The Best of Hope Magazine. He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Magazine Award for fiction, and the Pushcart Prize. He was a finalist for the Rome Prize awarded by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Dubus's novel House of Sand and Fog was a fiction finalist for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Booksense Book of the Year. It was an Oprah Book Club selection and headed the New York Times bestseller list. It has been published in twenty languages and the 2003 film adaptation directed by Vadim Perelman was nominated for an Academy Award.
- The Cage Keeper and Other Stories (1989)
- Bluesman (1993)
- House of Sand and Fog (W. W. Norton, 1999)
- The Garden of Last Days (W. W. Norton, 2008)
- Dirty Love (W. W. Norton, 2013)
- Townie: A Memoir (W. W. Norton, 2011)
- "Blood, Root, Knit, Purl". Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting edited by Ann Hood (W. W. Norton, 2013)
- William Plummer (March 12, 2001). "Blood Knot". People.
- "Andre Dubus, III". Gale Biography In Context. July 2012.
- 1999 National Book Awards, http://www.nationalbook.org/nba1999.html
- Nominees & Winners for the 76th Academy Awards, http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/oscarlegacy/2000-2009/76nominees.html
- The Official Website of Andre Dubus III
- Bostonist interviews Andre Dubus III about his novel The Garden of Last Days
- Video: Andre Dubus III discusses his novel The Garden of Last Days on YouTube
- Video: Andre Dubus III speaks at BookExpo on YouTube (taped May 31, 2008/Los Angeles Convention Center)
- 2003 Interview on NPR's Fresh Air
- 2013 Interview on The Lit Show