David Vann is an assistant professor of English at University of San Francisco. He teaches creative nonfiction and fiction. He was a Wallace Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University and is the author of the memoir A Mile Down: The True Story of a Disastrous Career at Sea. His first novel, Caribou Island, came out in February 2011 to rave reviews. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Outside Magazine, Men's Journal, Writer's Digest, and other magazines.
Vann's collection of stories Legend of a Suicide was published in 2008. Vann's own father committed suicide when Vann was 13, an event which the book explores through several fictionalized viewpoints, including the central novella Sukkwan Island. Alexander Linklater of The Observer called it "an extraordinary, ground-breaking piece of fiction." and was Issued a a novel by french editor Gallmeister, Sukkwan Island reaches a big success in France , where (among other prizes) it has won the renowned 2010 Prix Médicis étranger..(Wikipedia). David Vann Home Page
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RICHARD WOLINSKYhosts "Bookwaves" on "Cover to Cover" heard every Thursday at 3:00 pm on KPFA-FM in Berkeley (www.kpfa.org) and in syndication on the Pacifica Network..
Interview with David Vann, recorded in Berkeley on the publication of Caribou Island