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Fenton Johnson was born ninth of nine children into a Kentucky whiskey-making family of storytellers. His latest book, a collection of essays titled "Everywhere Home: A Life in Essays," was selected for the Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature and was published by Sarabande Press. His most recent novel, "The Man Who Loved Birds," was supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship and was published concurrently with new editions of his earlier award-winning novels "Scissors, Paper, Rock" and "Crossing the River." "Scissors" was nominated for the San Francisco Bay Area Book Reviewers Award and the Boston Review Fisk Award for best fiction.