Acclaimed Southern Author William Gay Dead At 68
via Nashville Scene:
William Gay, a Tennessee native and acclaimed Southern writer, was found dead on Thursday at home, reportedly of heart failure. He was 68.
Gay was a Vietnam vet who served in the Navy, and began writing at the age of 15. He published his first short stories in 1998, and his first novel, The Long Home, in 1999.
He ultimately published two more novels, Provinces of Night and Twilight, as well as two collections of short stories: I Hate To See That Evening Sun Go Down and Time Done Been Won't Be No More.
A note on the MacAdam/Cage website said Gay was scheduled to deliver the final draft of his fourth novel, The Lost Country, next month. He was also scheduled to read today at Lincoln Memorial University with author Sonny Brewer.
This past December, Keith Rawson interviewed Gay for LitReactor. It's a great, great piece. You can (and should) read it at this link.
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