TO RECEIVE 2005 SAINT LOUIS LITERARY AWARD
The Saint Louis University Library Associates
will present the Saint Louis Literary Award to Pulitzer
Prize winning novelist Richard Ford. Ford will
accept the Award on Thursday, October 27, 2005 at
5 pm at Saint Louis University’s Anheuser-Busch
Auditorium at the John Cook School of Business.
This program is free and open to the public.
The annual Literary Award dinner will follow at the Coronado
Ballroom at 3701 Lindell Boulevard, across the street from
Photograph of Richard Ford by J. FoleyOpale
Richard Ford is the author of
five novels, Independence Day, Wildlife,
The Sportswriter, The Ultimate Good
Luck, and A Piece of My Heart and
three collections of short stories, Rock Springs,
Women with Men and A Multitude of Sins.
Ford was awarded both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner
Award for Independence Day, the first book to win
both prizes. In 2001 he received the PEN/Malamud Award for
excellence in short fiction. He is a Fellow of the American
Academy of Arts and Letters, and was awarded a Guggenheim
According to Harold Bush, Jr., PhD, and Associate Professor
of English at Saint Louis University, Ford writes with a
sense of place.
“Movement is central not only to his personal life,
but also to many of the works he has written. One might
say that Ford’s compulsive movement is a symptom of
our postmodern culture, and our simultaneous longing for
and resistance to setting down deep roots. He has a longing
for home, and this longing occurs in American culture at
the end of the twentieth century in which finding home is
becoming more and more difficult.”
In addition to his prolific writing career, Mr. Ford has
taught writing and literature at the University of Michigan
at Ann Arbor, Princeton University and Williams College.
For more information about either the award or the dinner
please contact Joan
Hecker at 314-520-3564.
Saint Louis University Library Associates
Pius XII Memorial Library
3650 Lindell Blvd.
Saint Louis, Missouri 63108
|Comment by Harold K. Bush, Ph.D,
Associate Professor, Department of English, Saint Louis University
"Richard Ford is a writer well-known
for his desire to move around a lot, having lived for long
periods in Mississippi, New Orleans, Michigan, California,
Montana, New Jersey, Paris, and elsewhere. Movement
is central not only to his personal life but also to many
of the works he has written. One might say that Ford's
compulsive movement is a symptom of our postmodern culture,
and our simultaneous longing for and resistance to setting
down deep roots.
His is a longing for home, and this longing occurs in
an American culture at the end of the twentieth century
in which finding home is becoming more and more difficult.
His Pulitzer Prize winning novel INDEPENDENCE DAY
(1995) is perhaps his greatest expression of this longing.
Frank Bascombe, the protagonist, is a real estate agent
whose business involves finding suitable homes for his clients.
The story unfolds over the course of the 3-day holiday in
midsummer which celebrates our national independence.
But the moral of the story focuses on the opposite: our
need of others, our “dependence” on those that we love.
INDEPENDENCE DAY is the moving portrayal of
a middle-aged man's search for home, dependence, and rootedness,
all taking place ironically in a culture gone haywire on
its commitments to metaphysical free agency, ethical independence,
and therapeutic attempts to raise self-esteem."
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