NameAndre III SpouseFontaine Dollas Dubus AuntsBeth, Kathryn Dubus
OccupationNovelist, short story writer, Professor Notable works"The House of Sand and Fog", "Townie: A Memoir" MoviesHouse of Sand and Fog, The Garden of Last Days EducationUniversity of Texas at Austin (1981), Bradford College BooksHouse of Sand and Fog, Townie: A Memoir, The Garden of Last Days, Dirty Love, The Cage Keeper and Other Similar PeopleAndre Dubus, Vadim Perelman, Todd Field, Ben Kingsley, Shawn Lawrence Otto
Award winning author andre dubus iii on writing the memoir
Andre Dubus III (born September 11, 1959) is an American novelist and short story writer. He is a member of the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Born in Oceanside, California to Patricia (née Lowe) and Louisiana-born writer Andre Dubus, Andre Dubus III grew up in mill towns in the Merrimack River valley along the Massachusetts—New Hampshire border with his three siblings: Suzanne, Jeb and Nicole. He began writing fiction at age 22, just a few months after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor's degree in sociology. To support himself, he worked as a carpenter, bartender, office cleaner, personal investigator, corrections counselor, and halfway house counselor.
His first published short story, "Forky", was published by Playboy when Dubus was 23. Dubus's novel, House of Sand and Fog (1999), was a finalist for the National Book Award and was adapted for an Academy Award-nominated film of the same name. His 2011 memoir Townie tells of growing up poor in Haverhill after his parents' divorce, street fighting, and eventually boxing, and deals extensively with his relationship with his father.
A member of PEN American Center, Dubus has served as a panelist for the National Book Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has taught writing at Harvard University, Tufts University, Emerson College, and the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he is a full-time faculty member.
Dubus's work has been included in The Best American Essays 1994, The Best Spiritual Writing 1999, and The Best of Hope Magazine. He has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Magazine Award for fiction, and the Pushcart Prize. He was a finalist for the Rome Prize awarded by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Dubus's novel House of Sand and Fog was a fiction finalist for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Booksense Book of the Year. It was an Oprah Book Club selection and was on the New York Times bestseller list. The 2003 film adaptation directed by Vadim Perelman was nominated for an Academy Award.
Dubus is married to performer Fontaine Dollas. They reside in Newbury, Massachusetts with their three children.
The Cage Keeper and Other Stories (1989)
House of Sand and Fog (W. W. Norton, 1999)
The Garden of Last Days (W. W. Norton, 2008)
Dirty Love (W. W. Norton, 2013)
Townie: A Memoir (W. W. Norton, 2011)
"Blood, Root, Knit, Purl". Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting edited by Ann Hood (W. W. Norton, 2013)