Robert Garner McBrearty
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2013 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
McBrearty was interviewed for an article entitled, “Beating the Competition,” by Jack Smith, for the 2013 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market.
McBrearty’s story, “Back in Town” has been published by Western Press Books its new collection, Manifest West: Eccentricities of Geography, A Literary Anthoogy. Students enrolled in the Certificate in Publishing program at Western State Colorado University have the opportunity to learn about the publishing industry by producing, from start to finish, a volume of the Manifest West series.
McBrearty spoke at the WordHorde program in Gunnison, Colorado, on Saturday evening, September 29, 2012. Coordinated by students in the English program, Wordhorde offers bi-weekly events featuring local, regional, and sometimes nationally recognized authors.
Episode and Birds now on Kindle
McBrearty’s latest books are now available on Kindle. Visit the Kindle store to download them.
Prairie Lights on YouTube
This year’s Prairie Lights reading from Marybeth Slonneger’s book, The Burg: A Writers’ Diner (story below) is now available for viewing on YouTube.
Boulder Book Store
McBrearty will speak and sign copies of his latest book, Let the Birds Drink in Peace. See him at the Boulder Book Store, Thursday, May 17, 2012.
Prairie Lights is honored to host a reading from Marybeth Slonneger’s new book, The Burg: A Writers’ Diner. McBrearty’s story, “The Dishwasher”, is included in this collection of writings that commemorate the Hamburg Inn, an iconic diner in Iowa City. Many writers are scheduled to appear. See them at Prairie Lights Books, Tuesday, May 8, 2012.
Dallas Museum of Art
This special Texas Bound program at the Dallas Museum of Art celebrates the groundbreaking series Friday Night Lights. Works by authors T. C. Boyle, Robert Garner McBrearty, and Sarah Vowell will be read by Texas-connected actors Brad Leland, Glenn Morshower, and Steven Walters. Morshower played Chad Clarke in several episodes of the critically acclaimed television series. See this unique event in Dallas on May 7, 2012.
Fiction Writers Review
In this recent interview, Fiction Writers Review contributing editor Steven Wingate speaks with McBrearty about such things as mythologies of the American West, the bravery of small presses, Colonel William B. Travis, and why he feels solidarity with scrappy underlings.
McBrearty will speak at the WordHorde program in Gunnison, Colorado, on Thurdsay evening, March 29, 2012. Coordinated by students in the English program, Wordhorde offers bi-weekly open-mic events featuring local, regional, and sometimes nationally recognized authors.
Support Literacy and the Arts
Conundrum Press (Littleton, Colo.) Caleb Seeling, Executive Publisher and founder of The Samizdat Group ... has implemented a model of corporate philanthropy where authors and readers support partner organizations that are dedicated to promoting literacy and the arts. “I'm delighted to support such a program,” says Robert McBrearty, award-winning author of the new release from Conundrum Press, Let the Birds Drink in Peace.
McBrearty’s Let Birds Drink Released by Conundrum Press
Conundrum Press (Littleton, Colo.) announced it has been working with Colorado author Robert Garner McBrearty on his new collection of short stories, which it has now released. The stories in Let the Birds Drink in Peace feature a variety of characters, from reluctant private investigators to worried brothers to kidnapped kids, and the stories’ styles range from contemplative to comedic. At the heart of them all, though, are characters willing to explore deep below the surfaces of their lives. Conundrum editorial director, Sonya Unrein, wrote, “We loved the collection when we read it and knew that it would be the perfect inaugural book.”
Stories on Stage
In A Colorado Collection, Stories on Stage of Denver will present “The Final Conversation,” a short story by Robert Garner McBrearty. Performances will take place October 22 at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder, and October 23 at the Denver Civic Theatre. (A third performance in Lone Tree is scheduled for March 2012.) Stories on Stage features great actors reading incredible literature that encourages, enlightens and enthralls.
Writing the Rockies
Robert Garner McBrearty will be a panelist at Writing the Rockies: Gunnison Creative Writers Workshop in July 2011. This conference is hosted by Western State College of Colorado, located in Gunnison.
Characterization: Creating the Supporting Cast
Building up supporting characters not only brings life to the story, but also serves to further develop the main character. On December 4, 2010, Robert Garner McBrearty presents Characterization: Creating the Supporting Cast, at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop.
Toronto WILDsound Feature Screenplay Finalist
Authors Robert Garner McBrearty and Jack Smith were selected as finalists in the Toronto WILDsound Film Festival’s Spring 2010 Feature Screenplay contest. Each year, the festival offers screenwriters at all levels the opportunity to hear their scripts read aloud by professional actors in front of a sold out crowd of their peers. This year’s contest had 216 submissions, from which 10 finalists were selected. McBrearty and Smith's contribution, entitled “The Way Home,” is a drama about second chances, about a crumbling, dispirited man who takes heroic action to save the day—and in the process saves himself.
New West's Jenny Shank interviews Robert Garner McBrearty about his move to Colorado, influences on his writing and, of course, plumbing.
Boulder Book Store
McBrearty will speak and sign copies of his new book, Episode.
Colorado Language and Arts Society
Robert Garner McBrearty will be a guest speaker and reader at the Colorado Language and Arts Society 2009 Regional Spring Conference. He will appear March 6, 2009, with David Wroblewski, author of the breakout New York Times bestseller, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle.
McBrearty’s Episode Released by Pocol Press
After quietly publishing for many years in some of the most respected literary magazines in the country, McBrearty smacks a home run with this new collection and establishes himself as one of the finest short story writers around. Short stories from his new book, Episode, won Robert Garner McBrearty the prestigious Sherwood Anderson Foundation Fiction Award in 2007. David Wroblewski, author of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, writes, “The stories in Episode are McBrearty at the top of his unique form: wry, arresting, and unshakeable.”
Sherwood Anderson Foundation Fiction Award
Robert Garner McBrearty, of Louisville, Colorado, is the winner of the annual $15,000 Sherwood Anderson Foundation Fiction Award. His entry to the competition was noteworthy for its blend of pathos and humor, according to the Sherwood Anderson Foundation. McBrearty submitted three short stories from a new collection of stories in progress, entitled Episode.