Acclaimed Southern Author William Gay Dead At 68

William Gay Dies

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

Image of I Hate To See That Evening Sun Go Down: Collected Stories
Author: William Gay
Price: $14.05
Publisher: Free Press (2003)
Binding: Paperback, 320 pages
Image of Twilight: A Novel
Author: William Gay
Price: $15.53
Publisher: MacAdam/Cage (2007)
Binding: Paperback, 224 pages

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James Storie's picture
James Storie from Alabama is reading The Fireman February 27, 2012 - 7:43am

Another great southern writer has been lost! I am reading Twilight right now, and his use of words is just so amazing.

Keith's picture
Keith from Phoenix, AZ is reading Growing Up Dead in Texas by Stephen Graham Jones February 27, 2012 - 7:46am

Thanks for posting this Rob.

Joshua Chaplinsky's picture
Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading Stories of YOUR Life February 27, 2012 - 7:56am

Man, I've had Twilight on my 'to read' pile forever. Really gonna have to crack that one open.

Richard's picture
Richard from St. Louis is reading various anthologies February 27, 2012 - 12:55pm

Yeah, so sad to hear this. Love "The Paperhanger" and his longer works. Just had a friend take some books to him to sign a month or so ago. Really an amazing author.