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Ron Hansen

USA flag (b.1947)

Ron Hansen was born in Omaha, Nebraska, attended a Jesuit high school, Creighton Preparatory School and earned a Bachelor's degree in English from Creighton University in Omaha in 1970. Following military service, he earned an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1974 and held a Wallace Stegner Creative Writing Fellowship at Stanford University. He later earned an M.A. in Spirituality from Santa Clara University. Hansen has received fellowships from the Michigan Society of Fellows, the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and the Lyndhurst Foundation, as well as an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.

Genres: Western, Romance
Anthologies edited
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Non fiction
Anthologies containing stories by Ron Hansen
Short stories
Wilderness (1996)

PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book nominee (1984) : The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book nominee (1996) : Atticus
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book nominee (1997) : Atticus

Ron Hansen recommends
A Watch of Nightingales (2008)
Liza Wieland
"There is a nobility and boldness to her characters that lends them a heroism missing from much modern fiction and makes these stories wholly absorbing adventures of the heart."
The Death of a Pope (2009)
Piers Paul Read
"Piers Paul Read has managed to combine sheer storytelling power with great learning and insight about the inner workings of the Church to fashion an entertainment of the highest order. If John le Carre took on Vatican politics, his book of suspense might aspire to be much like this one."
Fractures (2013)
Lamar Herrin
"Lamar Herrin's Fractures is a brilliantly conceived and executed novel that illustrates how coping with familial dysfunctions can help us understand and deal with the more deadly dysfunctions of society. Here's one of my favorite writers at his finest."
The Which Way Tree (2018)
Elizabeth Crook
"Not since True Grit have I read a novel this charming, exciting, suspenseful, and pitch-perfect. The Which Way Tree is winning from first page to last."
The Brightest Place in the World (2020)
David Philip Mullins
"In The Brightest Place in the World, David Philip Mullins deftly incorporates a ferocious chemical plant explosion outside Las Vegas in a narrative about the shocks and emotional resonance of loss, exploring how four expertly delineated characters try to reconstruct their lives in the aftermath. It’s a book as intriguing as it is artfully made."
Thirst (2021)
A G Mojtabai
"I'm amazed at what Mojtabai's done--so much so that I wished I'd written the book. Thirst will resonate with many who have lost a loved one and those with a terminal illness who are just learning how to die."

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