Great honor, neat backstory about the first recipient.
A post from the Newsroom at Washington University in St. Louis.
Ted Morrissey recaps this afternoon’s event.
Gass to Receive “Tradition of Literary Excellence Award”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch books editor Jane Henderson posted an item yesterday titled "1st literary excellence award goes to William Gass," which begins this way:
To a lifetime of honors, add one more for 90-year-old writer William H. Gass.
Next month, he’ll receive the first Tradition of Literary Excellence Award in connection with the Lit in the Lou book festival.
The award honors “the work of a living local author whose literary achievement has won national and international acclaim and, in so doing, has contributed to the distinction of the St. Louis area, upholding its tradition as a center of literary excellence,” says a news release.
Great news — a hearty congratulations.
Below is the complete press release:
WILLIAM GASS TO RECEIVE LITERARY AWARD
CONTACT: Kristina Blank Makansi, email@example.com, 314.363.4546
(September, 2014) - Writer William Gass has been chosen as the recipient of the first annual Tradition of Literary Excellence Award. The award, which was created and is funded by the Municipal Commission of Arts & Letters in University City, is given “to honor the work of a living local author whose literary achievement has won national and international acclaim and, in so doing, has contributed to the distinction of the St. Louis area, upholding its tradition as a center of literary excellence.”
Gass, who turns 90 this year, is a prolific and influential writer of short stories, novels, essays, and liter- ary criticism who is admired by readers around the world. Currently, he is the David May Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Humanities at Washington University. He joined the philosophy department at Washington University in 1969 and founded the International Writers Center in 1990, which he directed until his retirement in 2000. He was the first recipient of the PEN/Nabokov Award for Lifetime Achievement, and he won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism an unprecedented three times.
Gass will receive the Tradition of Literary Excellence Award on Friday evening, October 10, 2014, at a party celebrating the launch of Lit in the Lou, a new book festival set in the heart of University City. The event will take place on the fifth floor of University City’s historic city hall at 7:30 p.m. and will mark the opening of the three-day festival. The award will be conferred by Mayor Shelley Welsch of University City. In addition to honoring Gass, the literary community will also recognize two local student winners of the Library of Congress Letters About Literature contest.
The public is invited to attend the launch party/awards ceremony and may purchase tickets ($25/person) at Brown Paper Tickets and through the website of the St. Louis Literary Consortium, organizers of Lit in the Lou. All other festival activities, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 11 and Sunday, October 12, are free and open to the public. Outdoor activities are slated for Saturday in U. City’s Ackert Park and along Ack- ert Walkway, with more readings and book signings to be held in Loop shops and restaurants and at the University City Public Library. The event will conclude with additional workshops and panel discussions on Sunday. Lit in the Lou is an STL250 event.
To find out more about the Lit in the Lou Book Festival, visit http://stllit.blogspot.com, or contact Kristina Blank Makansi at firstname.lastname@example.org, 314.363.4546. And to support Lit in the Lou with a financial donation, check out: www.indiegogo.com/projects/lit-in-the-lou-a-new-book- festival-for-st-louis.
9/22/14 Radio Program Devoted to Gass
At 9 p.m. CST on Monday, September 22, Lorin Cuoco will appear on KDHX’s Literature for the Halibut to read from and talk about William Gass’ work. Cuoco was the Associate Director of the International Writers Center, which Gass led for a decade at Washington University in St. Louis. The radio show, hosted by Ann Haubrich, will devote its entire hour to Gass, including his own readings from The Tunnel, in preparation of Gass’ 9/28 reading to mark his 90th birthday.
Update: For the next few weeks, you can play this 9/22/14 episode at the Literature for the Halibut page.
Great to see that Washington University in St. louis Libraries has announced the following:
The Washington University Libraries invite you to a literary event entitled “Passages in Time” marking the 90th birthday of celebrated author William H. Gass: Sunday, September 28, at 4 p.m. in Umrath Lounge at Washington University.
Visit this WUSTL page for complete information. Hope to see you there.
A post by Guardian columnist Damien G. Walter.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch books editor Jane Henderson toasts Gass at 90.
In the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's recent “Go! List” 2014 — it's annual 'best of' feature — Gass was named Best Local Author by books editor Jane Henderson:
Fantasy readers may prefer Laurell K. Hamilton or Sharon Shinn, and suspense lovers may like Ridley Pearson, John Lutz or Scott Phillips. But I have to go with William H. Gass here: He’s this city’s literary lion. Internationally known, Gass has influenced modern literary criticism and numerous contemporary authors. He’s St. Louis’ best living author. JH
Happy 90th Birthday, William H. Gass
Still at work, with more books in the queue. (Photograph by Michael Eastman.)
A post from writer Linda Besner.
Joey, Chandler and… Gass?
Readers: I’m very pleased to announce the launch of TheGassInterviews.org.
Free to all and readable on any device, the microsite collects 13 essential interviews that Gass gave between the late 1970s and 2013. It’s titled “The Ear’s Mouth Must Move,” a phrase of Gass’ own. The pieces feature text, related historical photography, video, and a handful of marginal notes and links that might be of interest to readers.
"Twelve Winters Press is planning a series of books on American author William H. Gass, edited by Ted Morrissey, beginning with Critical Perspectives on William H. Gass: The Novellas."
The deadline is July 15, 2014. Click through for more details.