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General Information

Name:  Barry Gifford  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1946 in Chicago, Illinois

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Gifford was born in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gifford is a poet, novelist, screenwriter, memoirist, essayist, and biographer. He was the co-founder of ''Black Lizard Books'' and worked as their editor until until 1989. He also worked as a merchant seaman, musician, journalist, editor, and truck driver. He served in the US Air Force Reserves in 1964-65.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Arise and walk :
ISBN: 0786860138. OCLC Number:

Hyperion,. New York :. ©1994.

From the acclaimed author of Night People and Wild at Heart comes a stark, eccentric, and wholly original plunge into the dark and grimy world of just revenge. Set in New Orleans at the turn of the twenty-first century, Arise and Walk continues the chronicle of American madness begun in Night People. Tracking the lives of individuals intent on making a profound difference in the world before they are willingly or forcibly removed from it, Barry Gifford strips away the veneer of civility character by character only to leave the disturbing echo - is even vengeance enough?

Baby cat-face :
ISBN: 0151001839. OCLC Number:

Harcourt Brace,. New York :. ©1995.

Perdita Durango /
ISBN: 0802134831. OCLC Number:

Grove Press ;. New York :. 1996.

Hot rod /
ISBN: 0811815935. OCLC Number:

Chronicle Books,. San Francisco :. ©1997.

From the chop shops of East Bakersfield to the drag strips and deserts of California and Utah, David Perry captures the American obsession with speed, thrills, and cars in this collection of photographs. Greasers, gearheads, drag strip beatniks, rockabilly queens, and hopped-up machines of all kinds are featured in these evocative images. Tracing the cult of cars from the tattooed and goateed hipsters of San Francisco to the no-frills land-speed racers of the Bonneville Salt Flats and the dry lake beds of El Mirage, Hot Rod exposes the underbelly of a growing obsession that is creeping up on the nation in snakeskin boots. Barry Gifford adds an original novelette in which Danny and his paramour Yolanda find themselves in a zone somewhere between the San Joaquin Valley and the Gates of Hell - an eerie ballad that seizes the rebellious spirit of the images.

The Sinaloa story :
ISBN: 1583226761. OCLC Number:

Seven Stories Press,. New York :. ©2005.

Wyoming /
ISBN: 1583226362. OCLC Number:

Seven Stories Press,. New York :. 2004.

Jack's book :
ISBN: 0312113382. OCLC Number:

Penguin Books,. New York :. 2012.

Here is Jack Kerouac's story, as recorded through the voices of his friends and lovers. Authors Barry Gifford and Lawrence Lee retraced Kerouac's life at home and on the road and talked with the prophets, musicians, poets, socialites, and working people who knew him. Some are famous (Allen Ginsberg, Gore Vidal, William Burroughs) ; some are not (Jack's boyhood buddies, his lovers, his barroom companions). All have contributed to a remarkably vibrant, riveting portrait of a life and the Beat Generation.

The rooster trapped in the reptile room :
ISBN: 1583225250. OCLC Number:

Seven Stories Press,. New York :. ©2003.

Do the blind dream? :
ISBN: 1583226702. OCLC Number:

Seven Stories ;. New York :. 2005.

Memories from a sinking ship /
ISBN: 1583227628. OCLC Number:

Seven Stories Press,. New York :. ©2007.

The cavalry charges :
ISBN: 1568583346. OCLC Number:

Thunder's Mouth Press ;. New York :. 2007.

The imagination of the heart /
ISBN: 158322873x. OCLC Number:

Seven Stories Press,. New York :. ©2009.

The Imagination of the Heart is the final chapter in the saga of Sailor Ripley and Lula Pace Fortune, the "Romeo and Juliet of the Deep South." Their story began in Barry Gifford's novel Wild at Heart, which in 1990 was made into a Palme d'Or-winning feature film by David Lynch.


American Library Association Notable Book Award, 1978 and 1988 Maxwell Perkins Award, PEN, 1983 PEN Syndicated Fiction Award, 1985 Christopher Isherwood Foundation award for fiction, 2006

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