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Rick Bass Started Out by Writing Short Stories on His Lunch Breaks

Way behind on this stuff, but trying to catch up a little at a time over the next few days.

I’ve talked plenty about the Between The Pages event Thursday night on Bainbridge Island, but there’s another literary heavy hitter in town that evening as well: Rick Bass, a Mississippi-bred author who now lives in Montana, will be reading at 7:30 p.m. at Eagle Harbor Book Co. from his first novel after nearly a decade of nonfiction writing, Nashville Chrome, a 1959 tale of Southern music, family, rivalries and secrets. Publisher’s Weekly loved it: “Like the sound Chet Atkins pulls from the Browns in the studio, the narrative has a pitch-perfect chorus of longing and regret, with an undertone that connects and heals.”

(Here’s another review.)

I wish I could be there; Bass sounds entirely too interesting. From his Wikipedia page: “He started writing short stories on his lunch breaks while working as a petroleum geologist in Jackson, Mississippi.” So let that be a little sunburst of inspiration to everyone who thinks they’re too busy with their everyday lives to write a book. Because you’re not.