Oxford lost one of its best-known writers Monday afternoon. Barry Hannah died just days before this year’s Oxford Conference for the Book, set to be dedicated to him and his work. He would have been 68 years old next month. Hannah was the author of eight novels and several collections of short stories, and was the director of the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Mississippi.
The family will have a private funeral and graveside service. A public memorial service is planned for Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at Fulton Chapel on the University of Mississippi campus. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
- Hannah may have been known to the literary world as a great author. But to the Oxford community he was even more: a friend, a teacher, a fisherman, a dad. Friends and colleagues reflect.
- The Oxford Conference for the Book will go on as planned, with some changes, as organizers await word on the family’s plans.
- EAGLE Staff Writer Melanie Addington on how Hannah’s creative-writing class helped to shape her as a writer — as it did for so many.
- Editor Don Whitten admits to having his ups and downs with Hannah’s literary work — but not with Hannah’s many other contributions to this community.
- A former student of Hannah’s who now teaches Hannah’s works in his own classes, Jeff Stayton reflects on how he’s applied Hannah’s lessons in his own writing and teaching career.
- Local artist Anne Scott Barrett paints a mural in Hannah’s memory on the front window at Bottletree Bakery.
- Jim Dees devotes his weekly column “Lies and Other Truths” to reflections on his longtime friendship with Hannah and quotes from Hannah’s admirers worldwide.
- Columnist Steven Godfrey remembers Hannah’s grace as a teacher during a creative-writing class he took under Hannah a decade ago.
- The 17th annual Oxford Conference for the Book gets underway with John Grisham, UM Chancellor Dan Jones and Square Books proprietor Richard Howorth paying tribute to Hannah.
- A coast-to-coast collection of memories and stories from friends and fans of Barry Hannah are in Oxford Living.