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Laman Library honors Arkansas author

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The William F. Laman Public Library System will host a press conference on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 to announce author Kevin Brockmeier as the recipient of the 2011 Laman Library Writers Fellowship, a grant program to provide up to $10,000 to a different Arkansas author each year. Laman Library established the Laman Library Writers Fellowship in March 2010 to provide grants to Arkansas authors to assist them in the writing and publishing process. Author Grif Stockley was the 2010 recipient and worked on his book on a 1959 fire at the former Negro Boys Industrial School in Wrightsville that killed 21 teenagers inside a locked dormitory.

The Laman Library Writers Fellowship was established to encourage the creation of literature by Arkansans, for Arkansans.

The 2011 fellowship will be awarded to Kevin Brockmeier to assist him as he writes his first memoir, titled Seventh Grade, which is the simple true story of his seventh grade year in high school,  “a vanished time and place, namely Little Rock from 1985 to 1986.” Brockmeier, a novelist, is taking the actual circumstances of his life and applying “a novelist’s methods to reconstructing or calling them back into being….The book is by far the most Arkansas-centric I’ve attempted to write.”

Brockmeier will be accepting the fellowship from Laman Library Chairman of the Board Ron Oliver and Executive Director Jeff Baskin. 2010 recipient Grif Stockley will be in attendance, and Brockmeier, Stockley, and Baskin will be available for a Q&A after the conference.

Kevin Brockmeier is the author of the novels The Brief History of the Dead and The Truth About Celia, the children's novels City of Names and Grooves: A Kind of Mystery, and the story collections Things That Fall from the Sky and The View from the Seventh Layer. His critically-acclaimed new novel, The Illumination, was released in February 2011. His work has been translated into fifteen languages, and he has published his stories in such venues as The New Yorker, The Georgia Review, McSweeney's, Zoetrope, The Oxford American, The Best American Short Stories, The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, and New Stories from the South. He has received the Borders Original Voices Award, three O. Henry Awards (one, a first prize), the PEN USA Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an NEA Grant. Recently he was named one of Granta magazine's Best Young American Novelists. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he was raised.

The Laman Library Writers Fellowship is awarded during the first quarter of each year to a previously published author. An independent group of literary professionals selects the authors based on the creative excellence of their work. Additional information can be found at www.lamanlibrary.org

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