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Donald Harington's Enduring will be out on September 1st, 2009 as well as a paperback edition of WITH. Keep posted for more info!

Donald Harington documentary in the works.


Brian Walter is working on a documentary on DH (trailer below).


About the filmmaker: Brian Walter is Assistant Professor of English and Director of Convocations at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. He has published several articles and reviews on Harington’s novels, including a forthcoming review of Farther Along for Ozarks Magazine. He began interviewing Harington for the documentary “Stay More: The World of Donald Harington” in 2006 and is aiming for a Winter ‘08/’09 release.

OXFORD AMERICAN Announces "Lifetime" Literary Award.
For Immediate Release: 27 September 2006.

The Oxford American magazine is pleased to announce that the Arkansas writer Donald Harington will be the recipient of the first-ever Oxford American Lifetime Award for Contributions to Southern Literature ("The OA Lifetime Award," for short). The OA Lifetime Award consists of a trophy created by a local sculptor, a full-page announcement in the next issue of The Oxford American, and a prize of $5,000.

Mr. Harington will be honored at a ceremony hosted by The Oxford American on October 4, 2006, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Among the speakers will be the writers Miller Williams, Jack Butler, Molly Giles, and Kevin Brockmeier.

"We've had the idea for this award for a long time and we're elated that it's finally sprung to life," said Oxford American founder and editor Marc Smirnoff, "and we couldnlt be happier than to give the first OA Lifetime Award to Donald Harington, whose lasting contributions to Southern and American letters is clear to anyone who reads him."

The OA Lifetime Award, voted by the editors of the magazine, will now be given annually.

Mr. Harington, a Distinguished Professor of Art History at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, is a highly regarded novelist. Though usually considered a cult favorite, Mr. Harington's writing has won over big-league readers and earned a permanent place in the American literary canon:

"Donald Harington is one of the most powerful, subtle and inventive
novelists in America." -Washington Post

 "An undiscovered continent." -the writer Fred Chappell

 "One of America's great contemporary novelists." -Boston Globe

 "Both unclassifiable and a genuine pleasure." -New York Times

"Twisty diction worthy of Nabokov." -The Believer

 "America's Greatest Unknown Novelist." -Entertainment Weekly

Mr. Harington's first novel, The Cherry Pit, about Little Rock, was published by Random House in 1965, and since then he has published twelve other novels, most all of them set in the imaginary Ozark hamlet of Stay More. These novels include The Architecture of the Arkansas Ozarks, The Cockroaches of Stay More, The Choiring of the Trees, and, most recently, The Pitcher Shower.

Now headquartered at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas, the award-winning Oxford American magazine has focused on Southern culture since its inception in 1992. Among past contributors: Willie Morris, Donna Tartt, Peter Guralnick, Roy Blount Jr., Charles Portis, and, posthumously, William Faulkner, Walker Percy, Zora Neale Hurston, James Dickey, Carson McCullers, and James Agee. This past year, Mr. Harington contributed a fictionalized account of the life of the Arkansas artist Carroll Cloar for the magazine's "Southern Art Issue."

"Obviously, there are many great Southern writers making profound contributions to American literature," Smirnoff said. "It was a very difficult choice for us to highlight just one person. On the other hand, it was also an easy choice: Donald Harington is a unique talent."


Sean M. in Dallas, TX is the winner of the signed copy of THE PITCHER SHOWER!


If you are the 5000 visitor to the site DH will send you an autographed copy of his lasted book!  Look at the bottom of the page where the number of visitors is shown.  Are you  N° 5000?  Then drop the webmistress a line with your IP address, name and mailing address.  Don't know your IP, then just click here to find out.  Good luck!


Read an excerpt of Mr. Chappell's letter.


Read James Sallis wonderful review (5/22/05) in the Boston Globe by going to our "Press" section!


Donald Harington's new novel The Pitcher Shower will be out on September 2005.  Check out our "About" and "Books" sections for details.


Thanks to board member secretpolice42 for finding an excellent review of Donald Harington's WITH in the very hip popmatters webzine.


North Carolina's Raleigh News & Observer has named WITH "the best novel of the year".  If you have not yet obtained your copy you can do so at, Barnes & Nobel, or look for it at your local independent bookstore.

2000 HITS!

Congratulations to Susan in Michigan, our lucky 2000th hit who will be getting an autographed copy of WITH!


Toby press is bringing out new trade paperback editions of BUTTERFLY WEED and EKATERINA, both with striking covers by Wendell Minor.  This is your chance if you were not able to own these titles before or get them for a friend and introduce them to the world of Stay More and Donald Harington.



What's so great about our board, you ask?  We have a brand new board member!  Please welcome to the board "Ozark", who is none other than our favorite author, Donald Harington!

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