Eating My Heroes: Officially Offical

June 24, 2014 By: Cristina Perachio - No Comments






April 15, 2014, NEW YORK – Reagan Arthur, publisher of Little, Brown and Company, announced today the acquisition of two new books by O. Henry Award– and Pushcart Prize–winning writer Rick Bass by senior editor Ben George in a deal with attorney David Evans. The titles include an UNTITLED collection of new and selected stories and EATING MY HEROES, a work of nonfiction about Bass’s journey to commune with and make meals for the many American masters who have influenced and mentored him throughout his illustrious career. They are slated for publication in early 2016 and early 2017, respectively.

Beloved author and environmentalist Rick Bass has been called “one of the best writers of his generation” by George Plimpton and “a national treasure” by Carl Hiassen. His fiction has received O. Henry Awards, numerous Pushcart Prizes, awards from the Texas Institute of Letters (in fiction, creative nonfiction, and journalism), and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and many others. His nonfiction has been anthologized in numerous “best of” collections, including The Best American Travel Writing, The Best American Science Writing, and The Best Spiritual Writing. His memoir, Why I Came West, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and several of his works have been New York Times Notable Books and New York Times Best Books of the Year.

Bass shares (with writers Lorrie Moore and Alice Munro) the distinction of having had more work reprinted in The Best American Short Stories in the past twenty-five years than any other writer, which makes his UNTITLED collection of new and selected stories a highly anticipated event. And in EATING MY HEROES—a quest to understand why we love reading and writing, to sound the mystery of what it means to live well, and to celebrate those who have gone before us to light the way—Bass and two young writers he’s chosen to mentor will honor, and feed, the many interesting and noteworthy masters who have supported and inspired him along the way. Among the writers to be included are Ann Beattie, Annie Dillard, Amy Hempel, Barry Lopez, the late Peter Matthiessen, Tom McGuane, Joyce Carol Oates, and more.

Rick Bass says: “I am keen to work on these two new projects with Little, Brown and Ben George, whose editing is as intense and sharp as I could hope for. Working with Houghton and my gifted editors there over two decades was never anything but fun. Everyone was family, and I will miss them. But I continue to be fortunate, and I look forward to the exciting work ahead with Little, Brown.”

Reagan Arthur adds: “Like everyone at Little, Brown, I’ve admired the work of Rick Bass for years, and I’m thrilled that he and Ben George will be working together on these exciting new books. We’re honored to be his new publisher.”

About Rick Bass: Rick Bass was born in Fort Worth, Texas, grew up in Houston, and started writing short stories on his lunch breaks while working as a petroleum geologist in Jackson, Mississippi. Bass lives with his family in Montana, where he works to protect his adopted home from roads and logging, serving on the board of the Yaak Valley Forest Council. His writing has received many prestigious awards, and his articles and essays have appeared in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Men’s Journal, Esquire, GQ, Harper’s, the New York Times Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, and numerous other periodicals.

About Little, Brown and Company: Little, Brown and Company is a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc. Founded in 1837, Little, Brown has long been recognized as a publisher committed to publishing fiction of the highest quality and nonfiction of lasting significance. Hachette Book Group is a leading trade publisher based in New York and a division of Hachette Livre, the third largest trade and educational publisher in the world.
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