Pulitzer Prize-winning memoirist and author of All Over But the Shoutin', Ava's Man, and The Prince of Frogtown
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About Rick Bragg
Rick Bragg won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 1996 for his work at The New York Times. Born in Piedmont, Alabama, in 1959, Mr. Bragg is the author of two bestselling memoirs, All Over But the Shoutin’ and Ava’s Man, as well as The Prince of Frogtown and his newly-released The Best Cook in the World. Bragg has told stories and taught writing at Harvard University, the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, Boston University, the University of South Florida, and other colleges.
Bragg became a domestic correspondent in The New York Times’s Atlanta office in 1994. Before joining The Times he worked at several newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times and the St. Petersburg Times. In his reporting he has covered murders and unrest in Haiti, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Jonesboro, Arkansas, killings (1998), the Susan Smith trial, and more. He became The New York Times’s Miami bureau chief just in time for Elián González’s arrival (late 1999) and the international controversy surrounding the Cuban boy.
Bragg attended Harvard University as a Nieman Fellow from 1992 to 1993 (“the only real college I ever had”), and, besides his Pulitzer Prize, he is the recipient of the American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award and 31 other national, regional, and state writing awards. He has had stories included in Best Newspaper Writing 1991, Best of the Press 1988, and two journalism textbooks on good writing and foreign reporting.
He now works as a writing professor at the University of Alabama’s journalism program in its College of Communications and Information Sciences.
The Southern Writer
What is it that makes the South such fertile ground for writers? Author Rick Bragg tries to explain the pathos, violence, and humor that hang in the humid air, but disagrees that it has even one thing to do with "The War."
Some insist that there is a magical, fairy-like creature that flits into our writing mind and spills lovely sentences. Writer Rick Bragg says the process is a bit uglier than that.
Writing in Color
The reader will not go with you unless you show him a road of color, imagery, detail. Good, terse writing might be fine . . . for a lumber yard inventory.
Praise for Rick Bragg
Rick Bragg was absolutely WONDERFUL! Our members laughed and loved every minute of his program. We cannot wait to have him back again someday! We had 360 in attendance (wow!) and had to setup overflow seating due to a large turnout! He kept the audience laughing and was so personable and easy going. One of the nicest and best storytellers I have ever met, and I know our members would agree.— The Woman’s Club at the Bolling Haxall House, Richmond, Virginia
Rick was even kinder than we expected and it was our great pleasure to have him as our guest. We have heard so many nice comments about the event, but most impressive are the ones we have received about Rick. People loved his presentation, and I think that many would have sat and listened for as long as he wished to speak. They were just in awe of how kind and gracious he was to each and every person. Folks who had books signed were simply amazed at the time he took speaking with them as well as the unique personal messages he created for their books.— Calloway County Public Library
Praise for The Best Cook in the World
The beloved author of All Over but the Shoutin’ has written a loving tribute to his mother, the South, stories, tradition, and a disappearing way of life.— Saturday Evening Post
Readers of this book will learn about Bragg’s mother’s kitchen, of course, but also about what makes food good, and what role food can play in a family and in a culture. Just thinking about this book is making us hungry.— Bookish
A beautifully written memoir… For readers who crave soul with their recipes this is a fitting tribute to foodways that are fast escaping.— Library Journal (starred review)
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The Best Cook in the World
“A glorious collection of tales. . . . Bragg writes stories about family . . . and he does it better than almost anybody else. His just happens to be a family of excellent cooks who do much of their relating through the food they grow, hunt, prepare and occasionally steal.” —The New York Times Book Review