William Gay is a scruffy and rumpled middle-aged man who lives in a single wide trailer outside rural Hohenwald (know where that is?). He has also become one of the lions of Southern literature over the past few years, after enduring almost 40 years of rejection. He has won a Guggenheim for his fiction and has held a Tennessee Williams fellowship at the University of the South at Sewanee. Clay Risen did an excellent profile
of him in these pages in 2003.
Gay will be making a rare appearance on Saturday, 2/3, at Landmark Booksellers in Franklin. The fun starts at 3:00 p.m.
Landmark is at 114 East Main in Franklin and is well worth a visit itself. Specializing in things old and out of print, it has a vast collection of everything from an autographed Robert Penn Warren ($7,500) to copies of Shel Silverstein's hilarious children's books.