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BRISTOL, Tenn., Aug. 24, 2014 – Critically acclaimed author Tim Gautreaux will speak
at King University on Monday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Widner Lounge at Maclellan
Hall as part of the Buechner Institute 2014-15 Lecture Series. The lecture is co-sponsored
by Bristol Herald Courier and King University’s English Department.
“Tim Gautreaux, simply put, is one of our foremost storytellers,” said Dale Brown,
director of the Buechner Institute and professor of English at King University. “His
short stories are powerful parables opening the lives of real people facing funny
and frantic situations with character and, sometimes, faith. Tim is a National Advisory
Board member of the Buechner Institute, and this will be his first visit. We are grateful
to provide this opportunity for anyone who enjoys a good story.”
Gautreaux, a writer-in-residence and professor emeritus at Southeastern Louisiana
University, is the author of novels and short fiction, often set in Louisiana’s bayou
country. His first novel, “The Next Step in the Dance,” won the Southeastern Booksellers
Association’s “Novel of the Year” award in 1999. The short story collection “Welding
with Children” was named a New York Times notable book of 1999. The Center for the
Book at the Louisiana State Library presented him with the 2009 Louisiana Writer Award
to honor his outstanding contributions to the state’s literary and intellectual life.
Gautreaux was born in 1947 and grew up in Morgan City, La. His father was a tugboat
captain and his grandfather was an engineer on a steamboat. He received his undergraduate
degree from Nicholls State University. Although he originally intended to be a business
major, he says that when someone stole his accounting books, he changed to English.
He received his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina.
In a 2009 “Interview with Tim Gautreaux: ‘Cartographer of Louisiana Back Roads’” with
Margaret D. Bauer of East Carolina University, Gautreaux said of his work, “…it's
a conscious mixing of comedy and tragedy, of irony and straight non-ironic storytelling.
A lot of it's like tap dancing or jitterbugging or singing: either you got it or you
Tim Gautreaux will speak at 7 pm. at King University’s Widner Lounge in Maclellan
Hall on Monday, Sept. 1. The event is free and open to the public. For more information,
contact Dale Brown at 423.652.4156 or visit www.buechnerinstitute.org.
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