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Book conference begins

University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones, author John Grisham and Square Books owner Richard Howorth paid tribute to Barry Hannah at a talk on “literary Oxford” Thursday as part of the Oxford Conference for the Book. The conference is dedicated to the late Hannah, who died Monday at age 67.
Jones also announced the university will dedicate three trees in the university’s quadrangle to writers Hannah, Josephine Haxton (pen name Ellen Douglas) and Willie Morris. All three served as writers-in-residence at Ole Miss.

 (March 5, 2010, Page 1A)

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    1. Rick Ferris says:

      Barry Hannah meant a great deal to me. In one of his stories, he spoke of Faulkner as his “God,” perhaps a bit facetiously; well, I feel similarly about Barry, but without irony nor facetiousness. In 1993, I had the privilege of being in one of his workshops at Bennington, and, believe me, he lived up to his reputation as someone who tells the truth. He liked a lot of my writing, he said, but, of course, not all of it. “Good, dutiful prose, but, Rick, where is this GOING?” He signed my copy of Bats out of Hell in purple ink with a fountain pen, called me a “real locomotion.” I loved him. I’m going to go read “High Water Railers.”

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