Oct. 20, 2016–Roy Hoffman

Roy Hoffman, a novelist and journalist, is the author of three novels: Come Landfall a novel of hurricanes and war, involving three women and the men they love, impacted by World War II, Vietnam, and Iraq; Chicken Dreaming Corn, endorsed by Harper Lee, inspired by his grandparents’ sojourn from Eastern Europe to Mobile; and Almost Family, winner of the Lillian Smith Award, about a black family and a Jewish family in civil-rights-era Alabama. He is also author of two nonfiction collections: Back Home: Journeys Through Mobile, with a focus on the diverse cultures of the Gulf Coast; and Alabama Afternoons: Profiles and Conversations. A native of Mobile, Roy worked as a writer in New York City for 20 years before returning South in 1996 with his wife, Nancy, and daughter, Meredith, to reside in Fairhope. A former staff writer for the Mobile Press-Register, he is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and has received numerous honors, among them the 2009 Clarence Cason Award in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Alabama, and was inducted in 2015 into the UMS-Wright Alumni Arts Hall of Fame. A graduate of Tulane, Roy has been writer in residence at the Chautauqua Institution in New York, and is on the graduate faculty of the low-residency MFA in Writing Program at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. On the web: www.royhoffmanwriter.com