ROY BLOUNT, Jr. and Kirven Blount – Humorist, journalist, playwright and award-winning, best-selling author with son Kirven, writer, director, and actor Roy Blount Jr.’s essays, articles, stories, verses and even drawings have appeared in 170 different periodicals. He is the author of twenty-three books, about everything from the first woman president of the United States to what barnyard animals are thinking. Recent titles include: Alphabetter Juice: The Joy of Text; Hail, Hail Euphoria: Presenting the Marx Brothers in Duck Soup; Long Time Leaving: Dispatches From Up South, which won the 2007 nonfiction award from the New England Independent Booksellers Association; and was chosen by AudioFile Magazine as one of the year's top five books read by authors.
His first book, about hanging out with the Pittsburgh Steelers, About Three Bricks Shy...And the Load Filled Up, was named one of the ten best sports books ever by The Washington Post;-and by The New Yorker, "the best of all books about pro football."
Norman Mailer said of his second book, Crackers, "Page for page, Roy Blount is as funny as anyone I've read in a long time," and Time placed Blount "in the tradition of the great curmudgeons like H.L. Mencken and W.C. Fields." Garrison Keillor said in The Paris Review, "Blount is the best. He can be literate, uncouth and soulful all in one sentence."
For Sports Illustrated, where he was a staff writer and associate editor 1968-75 and is now a Senior Special Contributor, he has rafted the Amazon (attacked by piranha), played baseball with the 1969 Chicago Cubs (hit a ball 350 feet), become all but athletically a virtual member of the dynasty-years Pittsburgh Steelers, and hung out with Wilt Chamberlain, Yogi Berra, Reggie Jackson and the world's oldest then-living lifeguard. (Though not all at once.)
He wrote the screenplay of Larger Than Life starring Bill Murray, the lyrics of a song Andie MacDowell sings in Michael, and an HBO fairy tale, The Frog Princess. He performed a one-man show at the American Place Theatre, has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion, on CBS Morning Show, Tonight Show, David Letterman, Good Morning America, Today Show, Larry King, Politically Incorrect, and in a series of TV spots for the NBA starring Bill Murray, which he helped Murray create.
In 2009, Roy received the Thomas Wolfe Award from the University of North Carolina. He is a panelist on NPR's Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me, ex-president of the Authors Guild, a member of PEN and the Fellowship of Southern Authors, a New York Public Library Literary Lion, a Boston Public Library Literary Light, a usage consultant to the American Heritage Dictionary, and an original member of the Rock Bottom Remainders, a rock band composed entirely of writers.
Roy will be joined by his son, Kirven, who has written and/or directed a feature film, an off-Broadway play, an HBO spec pilot, a book, and written and/or directed and/or edited and/or produced and/or acted in a multitude of other delicious productions. He is currently hard at work producing an episode of Ghost Adventures, which terrifies him daily (not because of the ghosts).
For more information about Roy Blount, Jr. visit his website http://www.royblountjr.com/