Kent Haruf

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General Information

Name: Kent Haruf

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Born: February 24, 1943 in Pueblo, Colorado

Died: November 30, 2014, Salida, Colorado


Illinois Connection

Haruf lived in Murphysboro and retired from teaching at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Biographical and Professional Information

Before becoming a writer, Kent Haruf worked in many places, including a chicken farm in Colorado, a construction site in Wyoming, a rehabilitation hospital in Denver, a hospital in Phoenix, a presidential library in Iowa, an alternative high school in Wisconsin and as an English teacher with the Peace Corps in Turkey. From 1986 - 1991, he was an assistant professor at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska and an associate professor at Southern Illinois Universtiy in Carbondale, Illinois from 1991- 2000.

Published Works

Plainsong Series:

  • Plainsong, Knopf, 1999
  • Eventide, Knopf, 2004
  • Benediction,Knopf, 2013

Individual Books:

  • Where You Once Belonged, Summit, 1991
  • The Tie That Binds, Knopf, 2000
  • West of Last Chance, Norton & Company, 2008 - with photographer Peter Brown
  • Our Souls at Night, Knopf, 2015

Titles at Your Library

The Tie That Binds

ISBN: 0330490451
Release Date: 2002

Find on World Cat

Literary Awards

The Tie That Binds

  • Whiting Award for Fiction, 1986
  • Citation, Pen/Hemingway Foundation


  • Mountains & Plains Booksellers Award
  • Maria Thomas Award in Fiction
  • Finalist, National Book Award, 1999
  • Finalist, Los Angeles Times Book Prize
  • Finalist, The New Yorker Book Award

Where You Once Belonged

  • Finalist, Book Sense Award, 2005


  • Colorado Book Award, 2005


  • Shortlisted, Folio Prize, 2014

Other Awards:

  • Frank Waters Award
  • Dos Passos Prize for Literature, 2009
  • Wallace Stegner Award, 2012

External Links

Kent Haruf on WorldCat


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