Winter With the Writers

Andre Dubus III

American novelist and short story writer


Andre Dubus III: Reading, On-Stage Interview, and Signing

Event Details

Winter With the Writers welcomed Andre Dubus III to Rollins on February 4, 2010.

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Andre G. Dubus III is an American writer best known as the author of the novel House of Sand and Fog, which was a National Book Award finalist in 1999 and was made into a movie in 2003. His other books include the 1989 collection The Cage Keeper and Other Stories, the 1993 novel Bluesman, and the 2008 novel The Garden of Last Days. Dubus's work has been awarded a Pushcart Prize and the 1985 National Magazine Award for Fiction. It has also been included in "The One Hundred Most Distinguished Stories of 1993" and The Best American Short Stories of 1994. He was one of three finalists for the 1994 Prix de Rome given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

He started his college career at Bradford College (Massachusetts), where his father taught, before moving on to study sociology at the University of Texas. He eventually dropped out of a PhD program in the theory of social change at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and then roamed the country working at a variety of jobs, including carpenter, construction worker, bounty hunter, bartender, counselor at a treatment center, and actor, before making a career as a fiction writer.

He lives in Newbury, Massachusetts, with his wife, dancer and choreographer Fontaine Dollas, who teaches dance at the independent Governor's Academy (also known as Governor Dummer Academy), and their three children, one of which, Austin Dubus, is a student at the Governor's Academy. He is on the adjunct faculty at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he teaches general writing, fiction, and directed study courses.

His father, Andre Dubus (1936–1999), was a well-known writer of short stories and novellas, and his cousin is the mystery writer James Lee Burke.