Daniel Wallace
"Author, Artist, Alligator Wrangler"

If you Google Daniel Wallace, author of Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions, you'll likely find this eclectic description - a fitting title indicative of Wallace's whymsical, imaginative storytelling. Even the writer's website (www.danielwallace.org) is illustrated by Wallace himself, including such conversational and witty musings that you may find yourself wishing he was your fishing buddy.

Perhaps this explains why Wallace's fiction is so popular. He's literary without being stuffy or difficult - a style that is all at once literary and popular. Despite its literary tone, his prose is easy and approachable. Wallace's narratives are delivered with a tone that is more akin to someone sitting on the back porch by the banks of the river, tying together stories as a fisherman would lures.

Daniel Wallace, master craftsman of words, will be in Gadsden March 14th & 15th as our writer in residence for the One Book, One Communtiy - Gadsden Reads project. His book Big Fish has been the focus of the year-long project.

Click below to watch Daniel at Gadsden State Community College

    Big Fish by Daniel Wallace in Wallace Hall

    Big Fish by Daniel Wallace in the GSCC Library

Big Praise for Big Fish

"Big Fish is going to make a very big splash! It's got everything: heart, wonderful writing, and accessibility . . . A very special novel which may well become a classic."

- -Lee Smith, author of News of the Spirit.

"In this first novel, Daniel Wallace...adds legends and folk tales from the Southern backwoods, throws in a smattering of Greek myth and attaches a few of his own inventions. Applying all of these...resulted in a story that is both comic and poignant."

- - New York Times Book Review


William G. Doty
Professor (ret.), writer, translator, and editor

William G. Doty is a retired professor of Humanities/Religious Studies at the University of Alabama/Tuscaloosa. A prolific writer, translator, and editor, he has published 21 books and over 75 essays in a wide range of journals. He served from 1987-94 as the national coordinator for the yearly American Academy of Religion competition for the best book in the field, and as a judge of Research Grants for the AAR from 1996-2002. He has received grants and fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, B'nai Brith, The Foundation for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, the Ford Foundation, and the Society for Values in Higher Education. In 1991 he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Graduate School of Drew University and in 1997-98 he was the Goodwin-Philpott Eminent Scholar, Program in Religious Studies in the Department of History, Auburn University.

A frequent lecturer and consultant on college campuses, Doty has edited with Julie Thompson Klein two studies of interdisciplinary education, Interdisciplinary Resources and Interdisciplinary Studies Today, and with Robert Detweiler, a volume of essays on a short story by Margaret Atwood, The Daemonic Imagination: Biblical Text and Secular Story. With Wendell Beane he edited the two-volume Myths, Rites, Symbols: A Mircea Eliade Reader, and with William Hynes, he edited and contributed to The Mythical Trickster Figure: Contours, Contexts, and Criticisms. His Myths of Masculinity was published in 1993, Mythography: The Study of Myths and Rituals, 1986, appeared in 2nd edition in 2000; Myth: A Handbook appeared in the Greenwood Folklore Handbooks series in 2004. He is also editor of and contributor to Picturing Cultural Values in Postmodern America, 1994, and general editor of The TIMES World Mythology (London: TIMES Books-HarperCollins) [World Mythology (New York: Barnes & Noble)].

From 1994 to 2001, Doty edited Mythosphere: A Journal for Image, Myth, and Symbol. Projects underway include studies of myths and rituals of Native North America; origin, emergenc, and creation myths, the grotesque male body in postmodernist art; and various essays in classics, mythology, psychology, iconography, and literature, as well as another volume of myth studies.

Larry A. Gray
Assistant Professor of English

Larry A. Gray has been Assistant Professor of English at Jacksonville State University since 2004. His academic degrees are from the University of Virginia (Ph.D., M.A.) and Rhodes College (B.A.) in Memphis. He spent his early years in such diverse places as Cleveland, Guam, and Rhode Island, as determined by his father's career in the Navy. His parents, Jack E. Gray and Jean Gillespie Gray, are originally from Gadsden, where they met in high school and where they were married several years later; they still revisit often.




Dr. Don Noble
Professor and Author

Dr. Don Noble holds the Ph.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill and is Professor Emeritus of English and Adjunct Professor of Journalism at the University of Alabama. Noble taught English at the University of Alabama for 32 years and was the recipient of the Eugene Curant Award for outstanding college English teachers in Alabama. In addition to being honored for teaching excellence, Dr. Noble received an Emmy in recognition for his writing of the documentary screenplay "I'm in the Truth Business: William Bradford Huie. Noble has also been a familiar face and voice on Alabama Public Television and Radio since the late 1980's with his literary shows "Bookmark" and "Alabama Bound."

During his years in Alabama Public Television and Radio, Dr. Noble has interviewed such literary legends as James Dickey, John Barth, Peter Taylor, Ray Bradbury, Shirley Ann Grau, and Anne Rivers Siddons. "Whenever possible we've tried to promote Alabama authors," says Noble. "We've talked to Vicki and Dennis Covington, Mark Childress, Madison Jones, Eugene Walter, Elise Sanguinetti, Bob Inman, Howell Raines, Gay Talese, Don Keith, and Albert Murray, just to name a few." Dr. Noble currently hosts a series on Alabama Public Television in which he conducts in-depth interviews with writers. "Bookmark," nearing its 200th episode, airs on APT Sunday afternoons at 1:30.

Dr. Noble is the editor of Hemingway: A Revaluation, The Steinbeck Question: New Essays in Criticism, The Rising South (with Joab L. Thomas), and A Century Hence (by George Tucker). His most recent works include Climbing Mt. Cheaha: Stories from Emerging Alabama Writers and Zelda and Scott/Scott and Zelda: Essays on the Fitzgeralds' Life, Work and Times.

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