Author Profile: Kevin Canty

Author Profile: Kevin Canty is an American novelist and short story writer. Name:  Kevin Canty


1994 – A Stranger In This World

1996 – Into The Great Wide Open

1998 – Rounders

1998 – Nine Below Zero

2004 – Winslow In Love

2010 – Where The Money Went

2010 – Everything

2017 – The Underworld

Background: Kevin Canty was born on 17th January 1953 in Lakeport, California, United States. He is 67 years old. Kevin Canty is the brother of James Canty and Brendan Canty, both of who are musicians.

He received his MA in English degree in 1990 from the University of Florida. In 1993 he received his M.F.A. degree in creative writing from the University of Arizona. He is a faculty member in the English department and teaches fiction writing at the University of Montana at Missoula. He currently resides at Missoula.

All through the 1980’s he lived in Portland and has shopped for some of the finest reading material like the Paris Review Interview series and original Vintage Contemporaries at the Powell’s bookstore.

Genre: Kevin Canty’s genre is literary fiction. Canty’s stories and novels are rendered beautifully with a strong sense of place. However his work goes far beyond any concept of regionalism.

Literary Contributions:

A novel, The Underworld published in 2017, is his most recent book. Kevin Canty’s work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Story, Details, GQ, Esquire, Glimmer Train and Tin House.

Montana based, Kevin Canty’s work including Everything and Where the Money Went has been compared rightfully to Russell Banks and Richard Ford.

Unique Stylistic Features: With great talent, the author Kevin Canty takes dark subjects like mortality and divorce and suffuses them with empathy and wit thus arriving at a believable and unexpected redemption.

Harry Crews, Charles Bukowski and Raymond Carver have had great positive influence in Kevin Canty’s life. Kevin Canty is the award winning author of novels like Nine Below Zero, Winslow in Love, Into the Great Wide Open and the short story collections like Where the Money Went, A Stranger in This World, Honeymoon and Other Stories. His movies include Blue Boy. Happy Endings is his short fiction work.

His book, The Underworld was inspired by a fire that took lives of 82 miners in 1972, in a small Idaho silver mining town.

Kevin Canty loves re-reading Anthony Trollope most frequently, especially while working on a novel. In Anthony Trollope’s novels Kevin loves the way in which the novels lead from one scene to another, the way the threads of ideas and plot converge and separate.

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