Bobbie Ann Mason, the acclaimed novelist and short story writer, was inducted into the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame on January 28 . Mason, who grew up in Mayfield, Kentucky, and still lives in the Bluegrass State, has been writing top-notch literary fiction since 1982, when her book, Shiloh and Other Stories , came out.
Other members of the Hall of Fame include Robert Penn Warren, Thomas Merton, Elizabeth Madox Roberts, Hunter S. Thompson, and Guy Davenport.
Mason’s body of work includes the novel In Country (1985), which deals with the quest of a fifteen-year-old Kentucky girl to find out about the life of her father, who was killed in the Vietnam War. It’s one of the best literary examinations of the legacy of the Vietnam War. In County was made into a big 1989 Hollywood movie starring Bruce Willis as an emotionally fragile but heroic Vietnam veteran.
Bobbie Ann Mason received the Vietnam Veterans of America President’s Award for Excellence in the Arts at our 1989 National Convention.