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Marianne Gingher

Author of Bobby Rex's Greatest Hit

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Marianne Gingher is the author of both fiction and non-fiction. Her work has appeared in many periodicals and journals including "The Oxford American," "Southern Review," "Carolina Quarterly," "North American Review," "Redbook," "Seventeen," "Family Fun," "McCall's", "The Washington Post Magazine," the "New York Times," "The Los Angeles Times," and elsewhere. Her novel, "Bobby Rex's Greatest Hit," was made into an NBC "Movie-of-the-Week" in 1992, starring Tom Wopat and Jean Smart. Both "Bobby Rex" and "Teen Angel," her short story collection were recipients of ALA Notable and Best Book awards, and "Bobby Rex" won North Carolina's Sir Walter Raleigh prize in 1987. Her memoir, "A Girl's Life," received a Foreword Magazine "Book of the Year" citation in 2001. Marianne Gingher has taught at Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Bennington, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, Hollins University, and UNC-Chapel Hill, where she directed the Creative Writing Program from 1997-2002. Recent projects include editing and writing a glossary and foreword to long-time colleague Daphne Athas's maverick grammar text, "Gram-O-Rama: Breaking the Rules" which she uses in her annually taught stylistics class. The Gram-O-Rama version of stylistics attempts to turn the grammar lesson into performance art. Gingher is currently compiling an anthology of flash fiction by North Carolina authors that UNC Press expects to publish in 2009.
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