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Mason, Bobbie Ann

Mayfield, KY


BOOKS: In Country; Midnight Magic; Nancy Culpepper; Shiloh and other Stories; Spence and Lila; Zigzagging Down a Wild Trail; Girl in the Blue Beret; An atomic Romance; Clear Springs; elvis Presley; Feather Crowns

Bobbie Ann Mason grew up on a dairy farm near Mayfield,KY. Fiver generations of her family, going back to the 1820s, have lived in the farming community of Clear Springs. From the beginning she loved thread. After graduating from high school she majored English at the University of Kentucky. She worked with several publications in New York City and then completed a master's degree at the State University of New York at Binghamton. She continued with her studies at the University of Connecticut, earning a Ph Din literature.

It was when she was inner thirties that she began to write short stories.Her first was published in The New Yorker magazine in 1980. Her first novel, "In Country," is widely taught and was made into a film starring Bruce Willis and Emily Lloyd. Mason's 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.

Bobbie Ann Mason's awards and honors have included: Finalist for Pulitzer Prize for the memoir, "Clear Springs"; Arts and Letters Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; "Shiloh and Other Stories," PEN Hemingway Award for first fiction. Nominated for the PEN Faulkner Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the American Book Award. "Shiloh" was published in 1982; Kentucky Book Award for The Girl in the Blue Beret" (2012) and "Elvis Presley" (2004); Southern Book Critics Circle Award for "Feather Crowns"and "Zigzagging Down a Wild Trail" ; Guggenheim Fellowship; and a National Endowment for the Arts grant.