Marlin Barton If readers still care about great Southern fiction, and I hope they do, they should be reading Marlin Barton. - Brad Watson, Author of Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives and Miss Jane arrow_back arrow_forward Newest Book Available - Pasture Art Marlin Barton's Alabama is dangerous as a rattlesnake, dark as a mine, and deep as a well. Electrifying. Cary Holladay, Author of Horse People: Stories arrow_back arrow_forward Newest Book Available - Pasture Art A captivating third fiction collection, reminiscent of Larry Brown’s gritty Southern storytelling. Publishers Weekly arrow_back arrow_forward Latest Book Release PASTURE ART The past and present are joined here in stories, all set in nearby towns in the Alabama Black Belt, that demonstrate the never-ending struggle for understanding and connection. Bookshop
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Marlin Barton is the first recipient of the Capote Prize for short fiction. He teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He also teaches creative writing in a program for juvenile offenders called Writing Our Stories, created by the Alabama Writers’ Forum.

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A captivating third fiction collection…

…reminiscent of Larry Brown’s gritty Southern storytelling.

This fine assembly of seven short stories and one novella from Barton is set in his native state of Alabama. The well-plotted novella, “Playing War,” has vivid characters including Carrie Fuller, a dental assistant in her 40s, who clashes with her brusque husband, Foster. A lifelong deer hunter, he heads a gang of fellow enthusiasts, including his employee Dale Tilghman. He confides in Carrie’s father, an arthritic retiree, how the hunting accident that killed his older brother, Bruce, came while the bored hunters played “a game of war.” Adding to the tension, Bruce was Carrie’s lover while she and Foster dated. After her father repeats the tale to her, Carrie suspects Foster murdered Bruce in retaliation. Carrie’s investigation revs up the domestic strife, but the author smartly keeps things restrained… read more…

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These are savage, haunting stories of devastating rivalry and secret love

Marlin Barton’s Alabama is dangerous as a rattlesnake, dark as a mine, and deep as a well. Electrifying.

Cary Holladay, Author of Horse People: Stories

The stories in Pasture Art rank with those masters of the form

Marlin Barton writes about people in small town Alabama with an unassuming artistry that makes them as real and memorable as the Pennsylvanians of Updike and O’Hara, and the Russians of Chekov.

Dan Wakefield, Author of Going All the Way and New York in the Fifties

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    Merv Griffin and a Diminutive Literary Giant

    November 2nd, 2020|

    Several years ago now I had the opportunity to deliver a few remarks about a certain writer from Monroeville, Alabama. This took place in the old Monroe County Courthouse, up in the second floor courtroom, which you've most likely seen before even if you've never set foot anywhere near Monroe County. The courtroom was replicated exactly as it was and is in that movie. You know the one, but I'll name it: To Kill a Mockingbird. So what follows here is a slightly edited, and hopefully entertaining, version of those remarks. When I was about ten years old, I used to watch the Merv Griffin Show in the afternoons. We're talking 1971 here. (Remember 1971? I do.) There was occasionally this very odd little man who would come out as a guest, and I never could figure out exactly why he was on there. He wasn't a singer or an actor or a comedian. I didn't know what he did. I would think to myself, Oh, no, not him again. He was a complete puzzlement to my [...]

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