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Daniel Woodrell

Fiction

Interviewed by: Angela Elam

Catalog Number: 20141031, 20131108

Award-winning author Daniel Woodrell, who penned two novels made into successful films, Woe to Live On (Ride with the Devil) and Winter's Bonediscusses his novels, The Death of Sweet Misterwhich won the 2011 Clifton Fadiman Medal from the Center for Fiction, and his 2013 release, The Maid’s Versionabout a mysterious and tragic explosion at a 1920s dance club. Woodrell reveals the real life inspiration behind this work, and how he and his wife, fellow writer Kate Estill, use their Ozark home to shape and develop their writing. He also shares what’s at the heart of his characters, and how his style has changed since his early days of writing noir novels, which are now gathered together in the 2011 book, The Bayou Trilogy.

| Subject Matter: Ozarks, History, Unlikely Characters, Dark Fairytales | Interview Year: 2013 | Genre: Fiction | Awards: PEN West Award, Clifton Fadiman Medal from the Center for Fiction |

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