Ben Fountain

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Ben Fountain at the 2012 Texas Book Festival.

Ben Fountain (b. Chapel Hill, North Carolina) is an American fiction writer currently living in Dallas, Texas. He has won many awards including a PEN/Hemingway award for Brief Encounters with Che Guevara: Stories and the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction for his debut novel Billy Lynn's Long Half-Time Walk.

Pre-writing career[edit]

Fountain earned a B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1980, and a law degree from the Duke University School of Law in 1983.[1] After a brief stint practicing real estate law at Akin Gump in Dallas, Fountain in 1988 quit the law to become a full-time fiction writer.[2]

Writing career[edit]

He is the author of Brief Encounters With Che Guevara, a collection of short stories. He has won numerous awards and inclusion of his work in New Stories from the South: The Year's Best (2006).[3] [4]

Fountain's latest novel, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, was released in early May 2012.[3][4] The Oscar-winning screenwriter of Slumdog Millionaire, Simon Beaufoy, is adapting the novel into a screenplay, a new Film4 project in collaboration with The Ink Factory, a U.S. production company. Ang Lee is attached to direct it.[5][6]

Awards and honors[edit]



  1. ^ "Ben Fountain," Barnes & Noble biography
  2. ^ "Late Bloomers," Malcolm Gladwell, October 20, 2008
  3. ^ a b "Ben Fountain interview". Texas Monthly. February 2008. 
  4. ^ a b "Ask the Author". D Magazine. February 2010. 
  5. ^ Child, Ben (November 14, 2012). "Slumdog Millionaire writer adapts Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk". The Guardian (London). 
  6. ^ "Oscar-Winner Ang Lee Will Direct Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk". September 18, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Texas Institute of Letters Awards" (PDF). Texas Institute of Letters. Retrieved 2013-05-25. 
  8. ^ Henderson, Bill, ed. (2004). The Pushcart Prize XXVIII: Best of the Small Presses, 2004 Edition. Pushcart Press. 
  9. ^ "The Pen/O. Henry Prize Stories: Past Winners List". Retrieved 2013-05-25. 
  10. ^ a b "Ben Fountain: About the Author". HarperCollins. Retrieved 2013-05-25. 
  11. ^ Merschel, Michael (October 25, 2007). "Dallas Author Ben Fountain Wins Whiting Award". Dallas Morning News. 
  12. ^ "National Book Award Finalists Announced Today". Library Journal. October 10, 2012. Retrieved November 15, 2012. 
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  17. ^ a b "National Book Critics Awards Winners". Huffington Post. February 28, 2013. 
  18. ^ Ryan, Harriet (April 19, 2013). "War, and a warning, at L.A. Times book awards". Los Angeles Times. 
  19. ^ "Book Prizes – Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times. 
  20. ^ Meredith Moss (September 24, 2013). "2013 Dayton Literary Peace Prize winners announced". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved September 26, 2013. 
  21. ^ Ron Charles (May 15, 2013). "Timothy Egan wins Chautauqua Prize for "Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher"". Washington Post. Retrieved September 26, 2013. 

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