Author Talk with Robert DeMott

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 6:00pm

Please join us in welcoming Robert DeMott, long-time friend of Jim Harrison, as he regales us with stories of Harrison's candor, humor, and humility, and reads from his new book Conversations with Jim Harrison, Revised and Updated.

Conversations with Jim Harrison by Bob DeMottMore about Conversations with Jim Harrison, Revised and Updated

Conversations with Jim Harrison, Revised and Updated offers a judicious selection of interviews spanning the writing career of Jim Harrison (1937-2016) from its beginnings in the 1960s to the last interview he gave weeks before his death in March 2016. Harrison labeled himself and lived as a "quadra-schizoid" writer. He worked in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and screenwriting, and he published more than forthy books that attracted an international following. These interviews supply a lively narrative of his progress as a major contemporary American author.

This collection showcases Harrison's pet peeves, his candor and humility, his sense of humor, and his patience. Harrison does that shy away from his authorial obsessions, especially his efforts to hone the novella, for which he defied polite narrative conventions and created memorable, resolute female characters. Each conversation attests to the depth and range of Harrison's considerable intellectual and political preoccupations, his fierce social and ecological conscience, his aesthetic beliefs, and his stylistc orientations in poetry and prose.

More about Robert DeMottAuthor Robert DeMott

Robert DeMott enjoyed a twenty-year friendship with Jim Harrison. DeMott is Edwin and Ruth Kennedy Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Ohio University, where he taught American Literature and Creative Writing from 1969 to 2013, and won many teaching awards and published many books, most recently Astream: American Writers on Fly Fishing, and Angling Days: A Fly Fisher’s Journals. For the past three decades DeMott, who lives in Athens, Ohio,  has spent a good part of each summer on Montana’s Madison River.

Event Guidelines

This event is free and open to the public. Most of our events are held upstairs, but we do not have an elevator. Please contact us with any accessibility concerns. To join the signing line and have books signed by the author at this event, please consider purchasing your copy of Conversations with Jim Harrison, Revised and Updated from Country Bookshelf, either in-store, over the phone, or online. By purchasing your book from Country Bookshelf, you are not only supporting a locally owned, independent business, but you are also showing publishers that they should continue sending authors to Country Bookshelf. The author's previous titles will be available for purchase at the event as supplies last.

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Conversations with Jim Harrison, Revised and Updated (Literary Conversations) Cover Image
By Robert Demott (Editor)
ISBN: 9781496819659
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University Press of Mississippi - December 18th, 2018

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