Howard Frank Mosher
Howard Frank Mosher (1942- ) is a contemporary author of twelve books: ten fiction and two non-fiction. Much of his fiction takes place in the mid-20th century and all of it is set in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, a region loosely defined by the three counties in the northeastern corner of the state (Essex, Orleans, and Caledonia). His characters are often quirky, reflecting the distinctive peculiarities of the region's taciturn residents. The community struggle with changing times is often a theme, with the more traditional ways of rural Yankee life coming in conflict with an expanding, modern society.
Originally from the Catskill Mountain region of New York, Mosher graduated from Cato-Meridian Central School, in Cato, New York, in 1960 and graduated from Syracuse University in 1964. He taught English at Orleans High and Lake Region Union High School during his early years.
Mosher lives with his wife, Phillis, in Irasburg, Vermont. They have a grown son and a daughter. He is a die-hard Red Sox fan, with character (often boyhood) obsession with their fate being a reoccurring element of his work.
Mosher was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1979, and is the 1981 recipient of the Literature Award bestowed by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. A Stranger In the Kingdom won the New England Book Award for Fiction in 1991, and was later filmed by director Jay Craven. Craven has also adapted Disappearances, Where the Rivers Flow North and Northern Borders to film. In 2006, Mosher received the Vermont Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. In 2011 he was awarded the New England Independent Booksellers Association's President's Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.
His books, in order of publication, are:
- Disappearances (1977)
- Where the Rivers Flow North (1978)
- Marie Blythe (1983)
- A Stranger in the Kingdom (1989)
- Northern Borders (1994)
- North Country (nonfiction) (1997)
- The Fall of the Year (1999)
- The True Account (2003)
- Waiting for Teddy Williams (2004)
- On Kingdom Mountain (2007)
- Walking to Gatlinburg (2010)
- The Great Northern Express (2012)
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