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National Book Award Winner to Speak at 2011 Conference: John Casey

The James River Conference is honored to have National Book Award winner, John Casey, appearing with us this fall.

It’s been more than two decades since Spartina won the National Book Award and was acclaimed by critics as being “possibly the best American novel . . . since The Old Man and the Sea” (The New York Times Book Review), but in this extraordinary follow-up novel barely any time has passed in the magical landscape of salt ponds and marshes in John Casey’s fictional Rhode Island estuary.

John Casey was born in 1939 in Worcester, Massachusetts, and educated at Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and the University of Iowa. Spartina won the 1989 National Book Award for fiction. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he is Henry Hoyns Professor in the English Department at the University of Virginia. He is also the literary executor of the estate of Breece D’J Pancake.

You can read a wonderful interview with John here, in which he explores the eight-year journey to write Compass Rose, as well as about writing in the voice of New England women, and his enduring love of the outdoors. You can read one of John’s essays on canoeing here.

We hope you’ll enjoy this wonderful opportunity to hear and interact with one of America’s finest writers at our conference this fall. Sign up at this direct link today.



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