Andre Dubus III

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Andre Dubus III
Dubus at a New York Barnes & Noble on October 15, 2013.
Dubus at a New York Barnes & Noble on October 15, 2013.
Born (1959-09-11) September 11, 1959 (age 59)
Oceanside, California
OccupationNovelist, short story writer, professor
NationalityAmerican
EducationUniversity of Texas at Austin, B.A. 1981
Notable worksThe House of Sand and Fog, Townie: A Memoir
SpouseFontaine Dollas Dubus
Website
andredubus.com

Andre Dubus III (born September 11, 1959) is an American novelist and short story writer. He is a member of the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Oceanside, California to Patricia (née Lowe)[2] 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.[3] He began writing fiction at age 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, personal investigator, corrections counselor, and halfway house counselor.[4][5]

Career[edit]

His first published short story, "Forky", was published by Playboy when Dubus was 23.[3]

Dubus's novel, House of Sand and Fog (1999), was a finalist for the National Book Award[6] and was adapted for an Academy Award-nominated film of the same name.[7] The book was a No. 1 New York Times best-seller.[8]

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.[9][10][11]

Affiliations[edit]

A member of PEN American Center, Dubus has served as a panelist for the National Book Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.[12]

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.[1]

In November 2018 Oprah Winfrey will be a guest at UMass Lowell, which is considered the results of an over three year effort made by Dubus. He met Winfrey in 2000 when appearing on her show, after the release of his novel House of Sand and Fog.[13]

Honors[edit]

Dubus discussing Dirty Love

Dubus's 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 was on the New York Times bestseller list. The 2003 film adaptation directed by Vadim Perelman was nominated for three Oscars, a Golden Globe, an Academy Award and 39 other prizes. It won 13 nominations.[14]

Townie was No. 4 on the New York Times best-seller list and included in the Editors Choice section.[9][10]

Dirty Love was also included in the Editors Choice section of the New York Times.[15] For the 2013 audio book, read by Dubus, he won the AudioFile Earphone Award.[16]

Works[edit]

2013

Novels[edit]

  • 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)
  • Gone So Long (W. W. Norton, 2018) ISBN 978-0393244106

Short story collections[edit]

  • The Cage Keeper and Other Stories (1989). Contains 7 short stories:
    • "The Cage Keeper"
    • "Duckling Girl"
    • "Wolves in the Marsh"
    • "Forky"
    • "Mountains"
    • "White Trees, Hammer Moon"
    • "Last Dance"

Non-fiction[edit]

Anthologies[edit]

  • "Blood, Root, Knit, Purl". Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting edited by Ann Hood (W. W. Norton, 2013)

Personal life[edit]

Dubus is married to performer Fontaine Dollas. They reside in Newbury, Massachusetts with their three children.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Andre Dubus III | Writers in Residence | Kerouac Center | UMass Lowell". www.uml.edu. Retrieved 2018-09-18.
  2. ^ Andre Dubus profile, enotes.com; accessed September 15, 2015.
  3. ^ a b William Plummer (March 12, 2001). "Blood Knot". People.
  4. ^ "Andre Dubus, III". Gale Biography In Context. July 2012.
  5. ^ "In the footsteps of the 9/11 hijackers: For his latest novel, Andre Dubus III researched and imagined his way into the minds of terrorists–and an American stripper who danced for them". connection.ebscohost.com. Retrieved 2015-12-08.
  6. ^ 1999 National Book Awards, https://www.nationalbook.org/awards-prizes/national-book-awards-1999
  7. ^ Nominees & Winners for the 76th Academy Awards, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-11-01. Retrieved 2011-03-06.
  8. ^ "Independents/Chain Bestseller List". archive.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2018-09-18.
  9. ^ a b "Editors' Choice". Retrieved 2018-09-18.
  10. ^ a b Garner, Dwight. "Andre Dubus III Traces a Violent Youth in 'Townie' - Review". Retrieved 2018-09-18.
  11. ^ Steinke, Darcey. "Book Review - Townie - By Andre Dubus III". Retrieved 2018-09-18.
  12. ^ "The National Book Foundation". www.nationalbook.org. Retrieved 2018-09-18.
  13. ^ "'This is an absolute dream come true for UMass Lowell'". Retrieved 2018-10-06.
  14. ^ House of Sand and Fog, retrieved 2018-09-18
  15. ^ "Editors' Choice". Retrieved 2018-09-18.
  16. ^ "DIRTY LOVE by Andre Dubus III Read by Andre Dubus III | Audiobook Review | AudioFile Magazine". AudioFile Magazine. Retrieved 2018-09-18.
  17. ^ Profile Archived March 4, 2013, at the Wayback Machine., nshoremag.com; accessed September 15, 2015.

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