David Armand



David Armand is Writer-in-Residence at Southeastern Louisiana University, where he also serves as associate editor for Louisiana Literature. In 2010, his first novel, The Pugilist's Wife, was published by Texas Review Press after being named the winner of the George Garrett Fiction Prize. He has since published two more novels, a collection of poetry, and a memoir. David is currently working on his sixth book, The Lord's Acre, as well as a second memoir.


10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
State Capitol Building, Senate Chamber
Book Talk
Signals: New and Selected Stories

11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 2
Rough South, Rural South: Region and Class in Recent Southern Literature

2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


Rough South, Rural South: Region and Class in Recent Southern Literature (editor)


Contributions by Barbara Bennett, Thomas Ærvold Bjerre, Erik Bledsoe, Jean W. Cash, Linda Byrd Cook, Thomas E. Dasher, Robert Donahoo, Peter Farris, Richard Gaughran, William Giraldi, Rebecca Godwin, Joan Wylie Hall, Marcus Hamilton, Gary Hawkins, David K. Jeffrey, Emily Langhorne, Shawn E. Miller, Wade Newhouse, L. Lamar Nisly, bes Stark Spangler, Joe Samuel Starnes, and Scott Hamilton Suter

Essays in Rough South, Rural South describe and discuss the work of southern writers who began their careers in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. They fall into two categories. Some, born into the working class, strove to become writers and learned without the benefit of higher education, such writers as Larry Brown and William Gay. Others came from lower- or middle-class backgrounds and became writers through practice and education: Dorothy Allison, Tom Franklin, Tim Gautreaux, Clyde Edgerton, Kaye Gibbons, Silas House, Jill McCorkle, Chris Offutt, Ron Rash, Lee Smith, Brad Watson, Daniel Woodrell, and Steve Yarbrough. Their twenty-first-century colleagues are Wiley Cash, Peter Farris, Skip Horack, Michael Farris Smith, Barb Johnson, and Jesmyn Ward.

In his seminal article, Erik Bledsoe distinguishes Rough South writers from such writers as William Faulkner and Erskine Caldwell. These writers undercut stereotypes, forcing readers to see the working poor differently. The next pieces begin with those on Harry Crews and Cormac McCarthy, major influences on an entire generation. Nearly all of the writers hold a reverence for the South's landscape and its inhabitants as well as an af nity for realistic depictions of setting and characters.


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