Barry Gifford

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General Information

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Name: Barry Gifford

Pen Name: None

Born: 1946 in Chicago, Illinois



Illinois Connection

Gifford was born in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gifford is a poet, novelist, screenwriter, memoirist, essayist, and biographer. He was the co-founder of Black Lizard Books and worked as their editor until until 1989. He also worked as a merchant seaman, musician, journalist, editor, and truck driver. He served in the US Air Force Reserves in 1964-65.

Published Works

  • Arise and Walk, Hyperion, 1994
  • Baby Cat Face, Harcourt, 1995
  • Perdita Durango, Grove, 1996
  • Hot Rod, Chronicle Books, 1997
  • The Phantom Father, A Memoir, Harcourt, 1997
  • The Sinaloa Story, Harcourt, 1998
  • Wyoming, Arcade, 2000
  • Jack`s Book, An Oral Biography of Jack Kerouac, St. Martin`s Press, 2000
  • A Rooster Trapped in the Reptile Room, Seven Stories Press, 2003
  • Do the Blind Dream , Seven Stories Press, 2004
  • Memories from a Sinking Ship, Seven Stories Press, 2007
  • The Cavalry Charges: Writings on Books, Film and Music, Thunder's Mouth Press, 2007
  • Imigination of the Heart, Seven Stories Press, 2009

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Arise and Walk

ISBN: 0786860138
Release Date: 1994-07-07

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Baby Cat-Face: A Novel

ISBN: 0151001839
Release Date: 1995-09

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Perdita Durango (Gifford, Barry)

ISBN: 0802134831
Release Date: 1996-09-09

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Hot Rod

ISBN: 0811815935
Release Date: 1997-06-01

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ISBN: 1583226362
Release Date: 2004-05-04

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The Cavalry Charges: Writings on Books, Film and Music

ISBN: 1568583346
Release Date: 2007-05-11

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Literary Awards

American Library Association Notable Book Award, 1978 and 1988

Maxwell Perkins Award, PEN, 1983

PEN Syndicated Fiction Award, 1985

Christopher Isherwood Foundation award for fiction, 2006

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Contact Information:

c/o Curtice Brown, Ltd.

10 Astor Place

New York, New York 10003


External Links

Barry Gifford on WorldCat

Barry Gifford on Amazon


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