Margaret McMullan

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Calypso Editions
April 2015
Literary Fiction
Paperback, 146 pages
12-city author tour

Margaret McMullan (Evansville, IN)

Author of Aftermath Lounge: A Novel in Stories


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Her connection to Hurricane Katrina at the 10th anniversary

  • McMullan and her family have longtime ties with the Gulf Coast region that was devastated by Katrina in 2005. Their historic waterfront Pass Christian home has since been restored and profiled in home magazines such as Southern Accent.
  • She witnessed the destruction and aftermath of Katrina firsthand, and worked at home and on a community level to provide relief and restoration to the Pass Christian area.
  • Ten years after Katrina, she still remembers the many acts of heroism in the wake of the storm and writes about the power of tragedy to shape us in her latest work,  Aftermath Lounge.
  • She was awarded a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship to write Aftermath Lounge.

Her writing accomplishments

  • Recipient of a 2010 NEA Fellowship in literature, a 2010 Fulbright at the University of Pécs in Pécs, Hungary, and the National Author Winner of the 2011 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award.
  • Author of six award-winning novels, including In My Mother’s House, a Pen/Faulkner nominee; Cashay, a Chicago Public Library 2009 Teen Book Selection; and When I Crossed No-Bob, a 2008 Parents’ Choice Silver Honor, a 2007 School Library Journal Best Book, an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults, a Booklist 2009 Best Book For Young Adults, and a 2011 Mississippi Center for the Book selection at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
  • Both When I Crossed No-Bob and How I Found the Strong won the Mississippi Arts and Letters Award for Best Fiction (in 2004 and 2008), the Indiana Best Young Adult Book (in 2005 and 2008), and they are both New York Public Library A-List Books for Teens.
  • How I Found the Strong was also named an American Library Association 2005 Notable Social Studies Book, and a Booklist’s Top Ten First Novel for Youth.  Sources of Light is an American Library Association 2011 Best Book for Young Adults, a Best 2011 Book of Indiana, and a Chicago Public Library Teen Selection.
  • Her short stories and essays have appeared in many publications, including: The Chicago Tribune, Ploughshares, Southern Accents, TriQuarterly, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Greensboro Review,, National Geographic for Kids, The Southern California Anthology, Southern Accents, and The Sun.
  • A 2007 Eudora Welty visiting writer at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, McMulln has taught on the summer faculty at the Stony Brook Southampton Writers Conference in Southampton, New York, at the Eastern Kentucky University Low-Residency MFA Program, and at the University of Southern Indiana’s Summer and Winter Ropewalk Writers Retreat.
  • She currently teaches at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana, where she is Professor and Melvin M. Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing.

About Aftermath Lounge

Aftermath Lounge: A Novel in Stories is a compelling tribute to the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Resurrecting the place and its people alongside their heartaches and triumphs, McMullan creates a riveting mosaic that feeds our wish to understand what it means to be alive in this day and age. The stories are connected by a setting near to the author’s heart—the McMullans’ home, which was originally constructed in 1845 and restored by her father numerous times over the years.

“A hopeful Book of Revelation.” —Pinckney Benedict, Miracle Boy and Other Stories!

“Aftermath Lounge is a beautiful, compelling collection, the emotions as powerfully charged as the winds of a hurricane.” —Jill McCorkle, Life After Life

“With riveting prose, McMullan tracks the weblike connections of family and friends haunted by the storm from Pass Christian, Mississippi, to Chicago.” —William Ferris, The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists

Also available Spring 2015 from Margaret McMullan

Every Father’s Daughter: Twenty-four Women Writers Remember Their Fathers
McPherson & Company | Hardcover, 302 pages | $29.95 | April 9, 2015
Edited and presented by Margaret McMullan with an introduction by Phillip Lopate, Every Father’s Daughter is a collection of 24 personal essays by women writers writing about their fathers.The contributors include many well-known writers, including Alice Munro, Jayne Anne Phillips, Alexandra Styron, Ann Hood, Bobbie Ann Mason, Maxine Hong Kingston, among others as well as writers less well-known but no less cogent, inventive, perceptive, lacerating, questioning, or loving of their fathers.

“A strange thing happens as we read these women remembering their fathers, for we inevitably think of and evaluate and sometimes eulogize our fathers, too…The subtitle of the book mentions the 24 writers remembering their fathers—but every copy christens a 25th writer, for whether the words are written down or not, we read these memoirs and we begin our own.” – Beth Ann Fennelly, Notre Dame Magazine

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