Andre Dubus III takes center stage for annual NWF READS

March 21, 2017

NICEVILLE-Andre Dubus III Fiction writer and Memoirist Andre Dubus III will take center stage at the main event for this year's NWF READS, the college's annual literacy celebration. The event – featuring Dubus – takes place on Monday, April 17, at 7 p.m. in the Sprint Theater, part of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the Niceville Campus.

As eloquent in person as in writing, Andre Dubus III speaks to audiences about the path that led him to become a writer—one that pulled him out of a life of violence and allowed him to find his voice through the arts.

Andre Dubus III grew up in mill towns on the Merrimack River along the Massachusetts-New Hampshire border. He began writing fiction at age 22, just a few months after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor's degree in sociology. He is the author of six books, three of which were New York Times bestsellers: House of Sand and Fog, a #1 New York Times bestseller and Academy Award-nominated motion picture; The Garden of Last Days (soon to be a major motion picture); and his memoir, Townie, a #4 New York Times bestseller and a New York Times Editors Choice. His most recent book, Dirty Love—a collection of four short novellas—was chosen as a Notable Book and Editors' Choice from the New York Times, a Notable Fiction from The Washington Post, and a Kirkus Starred Best Book of 2013. His other titles are The Cage Keeper and Other Stories and Bluesman.

Through the years Dubus worked as bartender, office cleaner, and halfway house counselor, self-employed carpenter, college writing teacher, and for six months worked as an assistant to a private investigator/bounty hunter. He teaches full-time at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Fontaine, a modern dancer, and their three children.

The NWF READS event featuring Dubus is free, and all seating is on a first-come basis. Doors to the Sprint Theater will open at 6:30 p.m.

Immediately preceding the performance by Dubus on April 17 will be the annual Blackwater Review reception in the adjoining McIlroy Gallery from 6 to 6:45 p.m. The event includes selected student readings and the unveiling of the student art selected for the cover of this year’s Blackwater Review, the college’s annual literary and fine arts journal.

In addition, on Friday, April 14, selected student poets and writers published in this year's Blackwater Review will read and perform their pieces at a casual event at 6 p.m. in the McIlroy Gallery.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information contact NWF READS Director, Dr. Beverly Holmes, 850-729-6032 or

For a full schedule of events, visit the NWF READS website,