Ben Fountain

Ben Fountain


Ben Fountain is the author of the acclaimed short-story collection Brief Encounters with Che Guevaraand a debut novel, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, which won the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction and the 2012 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, and was shortlisted for the 2012 National Book Award. In addition, he has received the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction, an O. Henry Award and two Pushcart Prizes. He was also shortlisted for the International Author of the Year Award in 2012. His fiction has been published in Harper's, The Paris Review, Zoetrope: All-Story and Stories from the South: The Year's Best, and his nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times among other publications. He lives in Dallas, Texas.

  • Esquire


    'Short Story: How To Be A Man'

  • Big month for Ben


    The author is shortlisted for a National Book Award as Simon Beaufoy begins screenplay of his novel.

  • NBCC Awards

    'Iraq war's Catch-22' Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk sees off competition from Zadie Smith and Laurent Bine

    The Guardian

  • The Guardian


    'Ben Fountain's top 10 books about Haiti: The novelist chooses the books that best explain a fascinating, baffling, tumultuous country.'

  • The Culture Show


    Writer Ben Fountain talks about why he sets his short stories and novels against the backdrop of political and social upheaval

  • The Herald Review


    'A dazzlingly, sharply written novel which seems to crystallise a moment in time.'

  • Guardian Review


    'Chris Power is impressed by tightly plotted stories of deluded revolutionaries and patronising idealists.'

  • The Undertow

    Written and performed by Mr. B's Bookshop Band and inspired by Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk.

  • Fodder for Showtime

    Written and performed by Mr. B's Bookshop Band and inspired by Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk.

  • The Guardian Review

    'It is terrific: eloquent and angry, funny and poignant'

  • Interview with The Scotsman

    'I had to earn the right to do this book'

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