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Author Clark Blaise at Tales from the South on June 25
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 Author Clark Blaise at Tales from the South on June 25

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR. June 18, 2012—Noted author Clark Blaise will be the featured storyteller for a very special Tales from the South Tin Roof Project on Monday evening, June 25, 2012. The live taping of the radio series will be at Starving Artist Café in the Argenta Arts District, Downtown North Little Rock. Live music by The Salty Dogs. Doors open at 5:00pm, dinner and drinks are served 5:00pm-6:30pm and the show starts at 7pm.

Clark Blaise was born in Fargo, North Dakota of Canadian parents and spent his childhood in Alabama, Georgia, and central Florida, where he "fished all day in the summer, usually catching a fish a minute." A graduate of Denison University (1961) and the University of Iowa (1964), Blaise moved to Montreal at the age of 25 and acquired Canadian citizenship, where he remained for 13 years and founded the graduate writing program at Concordia College. He taught at Sir George Williams University (now Concordia), where he helped establish the Creative Writing Program. Since returning to the United States in 1980, Blaise has taught writing at a number of American universities, including New York's Skidmore College, the University of Iowa, where he was the Director of the International Writing Program, and the University of California, Berkeley. A world traveler, Blaise has also taught and lectured in Japan, India, Singapore, Australia, Finland, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Holland, Germany, Haiti, and Mexico. Clark was also one of the founders of the Montreal Story Tellers Fiction Performance Group.

Clark is the author of more than 20 books, including novel Lunar Attractions (1979), which won the fourth annual Books for Canada Award for a first novel. It was followed by Lusts (1983), and the story collection Resident Alien (1986).His other works include the story collections A North American Education (1973) and Tribal Justice (1974), a work of journalism, The Sorrow and the Terror: The Haunting Legacy of the Air India Tragedy (1987), The Border as Fiction (1990), I Had a Father (1993), If I Had a Father: A Post Modernist Autobiography (1994), and If I Were Me (1997), as well as The Pittsburgh Stories (2001), The Southern Stories, (2002), Montreal Stories (2003), and International Stories (2004).

In 2009, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada "for his contributions to Canadian letters as an author, essayist, teacher, and founder of the post-graduate program in creative writing at Concordia University." He has been married to internationally acclaimed Indian American author Bharati Mukherjee for more than 40 years. 

Tickets are $5 for the show, plus the cost of dinner and drinks. Seating is very limited. Tickets can be purchased online at www.talesfromthesouth.com


This show will air on KUAR (89.1) in Central Arkansas on Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 7pm. 

"Tales from the South" is recorded during “Dinner and a Show” at Starving Artist Café. The show airs locally on KUAR Thursdays at 7pm and is syndicated by World Radio Network, a satellite radio distribution service, available to more than 130 million listeners worldwide. Shows are also distributed nationwide to multiple public radio stations by PRX (Public Radio Exchange). Podcasts are available on ITunes, the NPR website, the KUAR website, the PRX website, and the “Tales from the South” website.

“Tales from the South” is presented by the Argenta Arts Foundation and Temenos Publishing Company, with AY Magazine as the official media sponsor, publishing a story each month in the magazine.  Additional support provided by the North Little Rock Visitor’s Bureau, The Oxford American Magazine. This show is sponsored by William F. Laman Public Library and the International Conference on the Short Story.


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