Ann McCutchan, former music critic for the Austin American-Statesman, returns home to launch two new books -- both located in the world of music, but very different.
Circular Breathing: Meditations From a Musical Life is a collection of personal essays first published in literary journals; one also appeared in The Best American Spiritual Writing 2007. Of the collection, novelist Rosellen Brown says: "It takes more than candor to find the story amidst the miscellany of one’s life and give it shape and significance. Ann McCutchan, who knows that all meaning begins in the particular, uses her rich experience as a musician to meditate on art, memory, loss and desire with wit and insight."
River Music: An Atchafalaya Story, is a double biography, of a place -- Louisiana's Atchafalaya River Basin -- and a person, Cajun musician/sound historian Earl Robicheaux, who works to preserve the endangered region's singular soundscape in archival recordings and music compositions. "Within Earl's personal story of becoming a musician and composer, there are more stories," writes Leslie Marmon Silko, author of Ceremony, " . . . histories of the rivers and swamps and how they've changed, histories of the people and cultures of the Gulf Coast, from long ago to the present. Bravo!"
Ann is a professor of creative writing at the University of North Texas. website: www.annmccutchan.com
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