Michael Knight to Read at Writers in the Library, March 10

Michael Knight, UT associate professor of creative writing, will read from his recently published book, The Holiday Season, at the March 10th Writers in the Library event.

In the first of two novellas comprising The Holiday Season, a father and two adult sons struggle through the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays to redefine their relationships after the death of the wife and mother who bound them together. The second novella, set during one New Year’s Eve, “is packed with people brought into uncomfortable proximity on a night traditionally given over to optimism.” [New York Times Book Review].

Earlier books by Michael Knight include Divining Rod, a novel, and two collections of stories, Goodnight, Nobody and Dogfight and Other Stories.

Knight sets his narratives in his native Alabama — and to good advantage. “Nobody writes about the contemporary Southern upper middle class as well as Michael Knight,” according to the Mobile Register. “Knight’s writing [is] understated, graceful, easy. At the same time, he is no stranger to the Southern Gothic tradition, which is to say he peoples his novel with characters whose eccentricities, at once comic and sad, are accepted and everyday,” says the Washington Post Book World. And the New York Times Book Review allows: “For all its dark insight into human entanglements, Knight’s fiction also contained surprising jolts of humor.”

Join Writers in the Library at 7 pm, Monday, March 10, in the UT Hodges Library auditorium to experience Michael Knight’s own Southern blend of realism and humor.