Auburn alumnus Jim Buford to give reading of new collection of short fiction

AUBURN – Author and Auburn University alumnus, Jim Buford, will present a public reading of his new book, “The House Across the Road,” at 3 p.m., Thursday, May 6th in The Special Collections and Archives Department of the Auburn University Library.

“The House Across the Road,” a collection of loosely connected short fiction, is a departure for the former nonfiction writer. Bert Hitchcock, a noted scholar of Southern literature and author of the book’s preface, says that Buford shows special skill in his genuine, humorous renderings of small-town life in the South.

Buford’s previous works include the essay collections “The Kindness of Strangers,” “The Best of Times,” “Pie in the Sky,” and a social history, “When the Lights Came On.”

Buford, a native of Milltown, received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics and statistics from Auburn University. He received a Ph.D. in management and human resources management from the University of Georgia.

Copies of “The House Across the Road” will be available for purchase and signing. A reception will follow the program.

Buford’s presentation, part of the university’s Book Talk series, is sponsored by the Auburn University Libraries, the Auburn University Bookstore and the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University.

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