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Tribute to Frederick Busch, 2006-2007 Distinguished Visiting Writer

Frederick Busch, 2006-2007 Distinguished Visiting WriterThe Faculty of Arts' Calgary Distinguished Writers Program celebrated the life and work of Frederick Busch, one of America's most prolific writers, with a free public reading on Wednesday, March 29, 2006 in the Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary. Busch, who was to visit Calgary as the 2006-2007 Distinguished Visiting Writer, died of a heart attack on February 23 at the age of 64. 

The event was hosted by writer and U of C professor Aritha van Herk and featured several writers reading from Busch's work, including W. Mark Giles, Nicole Markotic, and Rosemary Nixon.

Frederick Busch was one of America's most prolific writers and a master of the short story. He was the author of 27 books, including the story collection Don't Tell Anyone (2000), and the novels North (2005), A Memory of War (2003), The Night Inspector (1999), and Girls (1997). His story collection, The Children in the Woods, was a PEN/Faulkner finalist for 1994, and The Night Inspector was a 2000 finalist for the National Book Critics Circle and the PEN/Faulkner Award. He received the PEN/Malamud Award for achievement in the short story, an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (AAAL) for the body of his work, and the AAAL's Award of Merit for achievement in the short story. He won the National Jewish Book Award for the novel Invisible Mending (1984), and held Guggenheim, Woodrow Wilson, and Ingram Merrill Fellowships.

His short fiction appeared in The Fiddlehead, The Paris Review, The New Yorker, and Five Points, and his essays and reviews appeared in Chicago Tribune, The New York Times Book Review, The Boston Globe, and Harper's Magazine.

From 1966 to 2003, Busch taught writing and literature at Colgate University, where he also founded the Living Writers course and the Chenango Valley Writers' Conference. He served as acting director of the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa and read and taught extensively at college and university campuses.

In Busch's obituary in The New York Times, he was called "a writer's writer" who wrote "nuanced tales of ordinary-seeming people told in a manner some likened to John Cheever's or Chekhov's."