TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL – Denis Johnson Remembered – Bilal Tanweer & James Magnuson

Two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, National Book Award winner, and friend of the Michener Center, Denis Johnson, was an incomparable force of American literature.
 

Here are audio clips from those that spoke at the Texas Book Festival event.


I read Denis Johnson's Jesus Son as a high schooler.  It was a recommendation from the Richardson Librarian since I let her know I loved short story anthologies or books.  Have collected and his work ever since.  The Texas Book Festival's long history with the Capitol building and it's usage of the extension rooms has created a unique experience for the festival goer.  Crowed in this room was 40 folks listening to Authors Bilil Tanweer and former director of the Michener Center James Magnuson.  The duo were joined by author friend  W. Joe Hobby and the evening was moderated by Mary Lowry.  They each shared their memories of the beloved author who had special ties to the Michener center and the state of Texas.  Hobby started the chat by talking about Denis Johnson's famous red lipstick convertible Cadillac.  

 

 

Author Bilal Tanweer had taught a class on "Jesus Son" and shared his thoughts on that short story book.

 

 

James Magnuson introduced the moderator Mary Lowry as shared a incredible story about her time at a Denis Johnson "family" cabin retreat.

 

 

Mr. Magnuson was the recipient of the 2018 Texas Writer Award for his new novel, Famous Writers I Have Known.  He shared a few poignant memories. 

 

 

In case you missed it.  In my interview with Oren Moverman I asked him about his memories of working with Denis Johnson on the movie script for Jesus Son.  

 

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