Conversations with Authors - Bobbie Ann Mason (Virtual Event)

Sunday, October 4th, 2020

Online • Live • 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET

In conversation with Jill McCorkle



Conversations with Authors is our free online event series! Join us throughout the week for new chats between different authors.

 

A note from Bobbie Ann Mason:

Hi All,

Thank you to the wonderful folks at Book Passage for hosting the conversation between Jill McCorkle and me about my new novel, Dear Ann. And I’m so grateful to Elaine Petrocelli for her enthusiastic part in the evening. It is such a pleasure to think of all the viewers who have found this marvelous community bookstore. I’m heartened to see how Book Passage has made a go of it “pandemically” by hosting conversations with authors—talks that are still available on the website.  I certainly wish Jill and I could have been out there in California, meeting and chatting with readers, but this virtual connection to Book Passage was very gratifying.  Thanks to all readers!

Some favorite books I’ve read this year:

Poetry:

Revisiting classics:


Best wishes,
Bobbie Ann


Bobbie Ann Mason‘s new release, Dear Ann, is a beautifully crafted and profoundly moving novel which follows a woman as she looks back over her life and her first love.

Her first short stories were published in The New Yorker, during the 1980s renaissance of the short story, when writers such as Raymond Carver, Ann Beattie, and Tobias Wolff came to prominence. Her first book of fiction, Shiloh & Other Stories, won the PEN/Hemingway Award and was nominated for the American Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She received an Arts and Letters Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The title story, “Shiloh,” about a disabled trucker whose wife is not used to having him at home, has been widely anthologized in college textbooks. The couple’s trip to the Civil War battleground of Shiloh began for Mason a recurring preoccupation with the theme of war.

Her first novel, In Country, is taught widely in classes and was made into a Norman Jewison film starring Bruce Willis and Emily Lloyd. It is about a teenager whose father died in Vietnam before she was born, and who is now coming of age, desperate to know more about him. The Girl in the Blue Beret ventures into World War II and the ways it is remembered. Her memoir, Clear Springs, about an American farm family throughout the twentieth century, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her book of linked stories, Nancy Culpepper, is inspired by this family, and she says that while the circumstances are different, this is the work of fiction most closely identified with her own life and sensibility.

 

A note from Jill McCorkle:

Hi All,

It was such an honor to help launch and celebrate Bobbie Ann and Dear Ann. Thanks again and very best wishes—here’s hoping a month from now, the world will look a little brighter.

What a season! My bedside stack has been even higher than normal these recent weeks. Along with Bobbie Ann Mason’s Dear Ann, I have loved reading: The Boy in the Field by Margot Livesey; If I Had Two Wings by Randall Kenan; Memorial Drive by Natasha Tretheway; Ron Rash’s latest collection, In the Valley; Lily King’s Writers & Lovers; and Daniel Mason’s A Registry of My Passage Upon the Earth. These pandemic months have all run together and so I’m sure I will hit send and think of five more, or those I missed and am now catching up on, like Jane Hirshfield’s Ledger and Honorée Fanonne Jeffers's The Age of Phillis.  Reading always feels like a lifeline but now more than ever.  Big cheers of gratitude to our independent booksellers!

Jill McCorkle


Jill McCorkle’s first two novels were released simultaneously when she was just out of college, and the New York Times called her “a born novelist.” Since then, she has published seven novels (most recent, Hieroglyphics) and four collections of short stories. Her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories several times, as well as The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. Five of her books have been New York Times Notable books, and her novel, Life After Life, was a New York Times bestseller. She has received the New England Booksellers Award, the John Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature, and the North Carolina Award for Literature. She has written for The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Garden and Gun, The Atlantic, and other publications. She was a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Fiction at Harvard, where she also chaired the department of creative writing. She is currently a faculty member of the Bennington College Writing Seminars and is affiliated with the MFA program at North Carolina State University.

 

Below, please find links to purchase Bobbie Ann's and Jill's books as well as their recommended titles.

 

 

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Dear Ann: A Novel By Bobbie Ann Mason Cover Image
$27.99
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ISBN: 9780062986658
Published: Harper - September 8th, 2020

The Boy in the Field: A Novel By Margot Livesey Cover Image
$26.99
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ISBN: 9780062946393
Published: Harper - August 11th, 2020

Hieroglyphics By Jill McCorkle Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616209728
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Algonquin Books - July 28th, 2020

They Came Like Swallows (Vintage International) By William Maxwell Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780679772576
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click Title for More Details
Published: Vintage - March 25th, 1997

Dale Loves Sophie to Death By Robb Forman Dew Cover Image
for information about purchasing this book, please contact orders@bookpassage.com
ISBN: 9780316890663
Published: Back Bay Books - September 19th, 2001

Summerlings: A Novel By Lisa Howorth Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525565482
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Anchor - July 7th, 2020

Deep Gossip: New and Selected Poems (Johns Hopkins: Poetry and Fiction) By Sidney Wade Cover Image
for information about purchasing this book, please contact orders@bookpassage.com
ISBN: 9781421437873
Published: Johns Hopkins University Press - April 7th, 2020

Tender Is the Night: A Novel By F. Scott Fitzgerald Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780684801544
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click Title for More Details
Published: Scribner - July 1st, 1995

Wuthering Heights By Emily Bronte, Pauline Nestor (Introduction by), Lucasta Miller (Preface by), Pauline Nestor (Notes by) Cover Image
By Emily Bronte, Pauline Nestor (Introduction by), Lucasta Miller (Preface by), Pauline Nestor (Notes by)
$8.00
ISBN: 9780141439556
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click Title for More Details
Published: Penguin Classics - December 31st, 2002

If I Had Two Wings: Stories By Randall Kenan Cover Image
$25.95
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ISBN: 9781324005469
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 4th, 2020

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Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir By Natasha Trethewey Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062248572
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Published: Ecco - July 28th, 2020

In the Valley: Stories and a Novella Based on SERENA By Ron Rash Cover Image
$26.95
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ISBN: 9780385544290
Published: Doubleday - August 4th, 2020

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Writers & Lovers By Lily King Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802148537
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click Title for More Details
Published: Grove Press - March 3rd, 2020

A Registry of My Passage upon the Earth: Stories By Daniel Mason Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316477635
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 5th, 2020

Ledger: Poems By Jane Hirshfield Cover Image
$27.00
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ISBN: 9780525657804
Published: Knopf - March 10th, 2020

The Age of Phillis (Wesleyan Poetry) By Honorée Fanonne Jeffers Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780819579492
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Published: Wesleyan University Press - March 3rd, 2020

The Girl in the Blue Beret: A Novel By Bobbie Ann Mason Cover Image
$17.00
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ISBN: 9780812978872
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - July 10th, 2012

In Country: A Novel By Bobbie Ann Mason Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060835170
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 1st, 2020

Shiloh and Other Stories By Bobbie Ann Mason Cover Image
for information about purchasing this book, please contact orders@bookpassage.com
ISBN: 9780813119489
Published: University Press of Kentucky - October 26th, 1995

Zigzagging Down a Wild Trail: Stories By Bobbie Ann Mason Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780375760617
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Published: Modern Library - July 2nd, 2002

Nancy Culpepper: Stories By Bobbie Ann Mason Cover Image
$17.00
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ISBN: 9780812976670
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - August 14th, 2007

Feather Crowns: A Novel By Bobbie Ann Mason Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060925499
Published: Harper Perennial - September 1st, 2020

Clear Springs: A Family Story By Bobbie Ann Mason, Random House Inc. Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060956295
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 1st, 2020

The Girl Sleuth By Bobbie Mason Cover Image
for information about purchasing this book, please contact orders@bookpassage.com
ISBN: 9780820317397
Published: University of Georgia Press - May 1st, 1995

Life After Life: A Novel By Jill McCorkle Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616203221
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Published: Algonquin Books - November 5th, 2013

Going Away Shoes By Jill McCorkle Cover Image
$13.95
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ISBN: 9781616200145
Published: Algonquin Books - September 14th, 2010

Creatures of Habit By Jill McCorkle Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781565123977
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Published: Algonquin Books - March 28th, 2003

Ferris Beach By Jill McCorkle Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9781565129313
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Published: Algonquin Books - September 22nd, 2009