John us at Cat Island Coffeehouse/Pass Books to meet author Michael Farris Smith as he signs his latest novel, "The Fighter" from 6:00 - 7:00 PM. Michael will speak at 6:30. Complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres will be offered.
“The Fighter is a beautifully written parable of a man, abandoned as a child, at war with himself. Hiding behind the expertly handled plot and poetic meditations on violence and substance abuse is the notion that lack of family can send you on a continuous tumble through darkness. With its tension-filled and enlightening final chapters, The Fighter delivers a powerful and engaging read from one of our newest and finest writers.—Tim Gautreaux, author of Signals
“I loved The Fighter. Michael Farris Smith is one of the most exciting new voices in American fiction. Just as I couldn’t put down Desperation Road till I finished, I tore through this novel as well. I’m hooked.” —Brad Watson, author of Miss Jane
“One of those wonderful and rare books that’s both a page-turner and a novel of great depth and emotion. The Fighter is Southern noir at its finest.” —Ace Atkins, New York Times bestselling author of The Fallen and The Sinners
“Michael Farris Smith is so good, I might actually hate him a little bit. The Fighter is a book I wish I’d written but am deeply grateful I got to read. It is a masterful portrait of place and character and how one influences the other, with language that is both brutal and tender at once. Smith loves Jack Boucher and the Mississippi Delta to the bone.”—Attica Locke, author of Bluebird, Bluebird
There are nineteen reasons I could give you to tell you why Michael Farris Smith is a writer to pay attention to. The ardent praise from some of the most respected writers around. The number of times he’s been declared one of the best of his generation. The way page-turning plots and masterful prose live side-by-side in his novels. His uncanny ability to immerse a reader in a scene with just a few details. The fact that he writes so compellingly about fiction’s forgotten, the rural working class. The comparisons to Cormac McCarthy and Larry Brown, Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor. But the best reason may be simply
“Every once in a while an author comes along who’s in love with art and the written language and image....writers like William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy and Annie Proulx. You can add Michael Farris Smith’s name to the list.” —James Lee Burke
“One of the best writers of his generation.” —Tom Franklin, author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter
“A prodigiously talented writer.” —Robert Olen Butler, author of A Small Hotel
chael Farris Smith is a native Mississippian who has lived in France and Switzerland. He is the recipient of the 2014 Mississippi Author Award and has been awarded the Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Arts Fellowship, the Transatlantic Review Award for Fiction, and the Alabama Arts Council Fellowship Award for Literature. His short fiction has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and his essays have appeared in the New York Times, Catfish Alley, Deep South magazine, and more. He lives in Columbus, Mississippi, with his wife and two daughters.