Thomas Fox AverillFiction
Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20151218, 20141212
A longtime resident of Kansas and professor at Washburn University, Thomas Fox Averill lets his numerous interests and passion for research guide his writing of "flyover fiction." His 2001 novel Secrets of the Tsil Café features southwestern cuisine almost like a character, while the 2003 The Slow Air of Ewan MacPherson explores the poetry of Robert Burns and his own Scottish ancestry, and his 2011 award-winning western novel Rode, based on Jimmy Driftwood's song "Tennessee Stud" follows country music. Now, his 2014 novel A Carol Dickens Christmas weaves the influences of Charles Dickens and traditional Victorian era cooking into a story about a Topeka, Kansas family during a chaotic holiday season. Averill's long essay--"Thirteen Weeks at Mount Hope, Writing Lessons from the Cemetery"--was also included in a 2015 issue of New Letters magazine. Our audio archives also include past interviews with Thomas Fox Averill from 2002 and 2013.
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