Mark Childress was born in Monroeville, Alabama and grew up in Ohio, Indiana, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama. After graduation from the University of Alabama in 1978, Childress was a reporter for The Birmingham News, Features Editor of Southern Living magazine, and Regional Editor of The Atlanta Journal and Constitution.
Childress is the author of six novels: A World Made of Fire (Knopf, 1984), V For Victor (Knopf, 1988) Tender (Harmony, 1990), Crazy in Alabama (Putnam, 1993), Gone for Good, (Knopf, 1988) and One Mississippi, published in 2006 by Little, Brown & Co. His articles and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Times of London, San Francisco Chronicle, Saturday Review, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, Travel and Leisure, and other national and international publications.
Tender, a Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selection, was named to several Ten Best of 1990 lists, and appeared on many national bestseller lists. Crazy in Alabama, a featured selection of the Literary Guild, has been published in eleven languages and appeared on many bestseller lists and Ten Best of 1993 lists. Crazy was named The (London) Spectator’s “Book of the Year” for 1993 and a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year,” and was on the Spiegel bestseller list in Germany for 10 months. One Mississippi was also a bestseller and named to the "hot lists" of "Good Morning America," Book Sense, People magazine, Entertainment Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, O: the Oprah Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal, and was nominated for the Southern Independent Booksellers Association's "Book of the Year."
Childress has received the Thomas Wolfe Award, the University of Alabama’s Distinguished Alumni Award, and the Alabama Library Association’s Writer of the Year.
He has also written three picture books for children, "Joshua and Bigtooth," in 1992, "Joshua and the Big Bad Blue Crabs," 1996 (both from Little, Brown), and "Henry Bobbity Is Missing And It Is All Billy Bobbity’s Fault," (Crane Hill Publishers, 1996).
He wrote the screenplay of the Columbia Pictures film "Crazy in Alabama," directed by Antonio Banderas, and starring Melanie Griffith, an official selection of the Venice and San Sebastian film festivals in 1999.
Childress is now working on his seventh novel and a film project. He lives all over the place, currently in New York City.
A novel in progress
literary: Henry Dunow, The Dunow Carlson Lerner Agency.
film: Rich Green, Creative Artists Agency.
world: Andrew Nurnberg Associates, London.
Little, Brown and Company.
Renew Our Music Fund, Amnesty International, Habitat for Humanity, United Negro College Fund, American Civil Liberties Union
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