Tucson Festival of Books

Tracy Daugherty (he/him)



Marjorie Sandor

Tracy Daugherty, a distinguished author, biographer and professor, has dedicated his career to the art of storytelling and literary exploration. He is a professor of English and creative writing, Emeritus, at Oregon State University. Hailing from the American West, Daugherty's writing bears the influence of its vast landscapes, echoing the themes of identity and place. His works, such as "The Last Love Song," have illuminated the lives of iconic literary figures like Joan Didion and Joseph Heller, displaying an uncanny ability to dissect the complexities of their existence. His most recent biography, “Larry McMurtry: A Life,” published Sept.12, 2023, explores the life of cherished American novelist and essayist Larry McMurtry. With a keen eye for detail and a deep understanding of human nature, Daugherty's narrative craftsmanship invites readers on a journey through the lives of his subjects, revealing the profound connections between literature and the human experience.

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Awards: Guggenheim Fellow, National Endowment for the Arts fellow


Scheduled events:
Remembering Larry McMurtry
Biographer Tracy Daugherty, memorialist George Getschow, and writing partner Diana Ossana discuss the writing career and literary legacy of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Lonesome Dove," "Terms of Endearment," and "The Last Picture Show."

Integrated Learning Center Room 120 (Seats 300, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
History / Biography
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Tracy Daugherty, George Getschow, Diana Ossana
Moderator: Bruce Dinges
Writing the Range
Biographers Nathan Ward and Tracy Daugherty discuss the lives and writing careers of real-life cowboy detective Charles Siringo and the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Horseman Pass By (Hud), The Last Picture Show, and Lonesome Dove.

UA Library/Special Collections (Seats 110)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
History / Biography
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Tracy Daugherty, Nathan Ward
Moderator: Johnny Boggs

Books:
Larry McMurtry
A Life
History / Biography
St. Martin's Publishing Group
September 2023
ISBN 9781250282330
560 pages

In over forty books, in a career that spanned over sixty years, Larry McMurtry staked his claim as a superior chronicler of the American West. More/less

The Land and the Days
A Memoir of Family, Friendship, and Grief
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
University of Oklahoma Press
January 2022
ISBN 9780806176239
Paperback, 234 pages
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Combining reminiscence, history, and meditation, Daugherty retraces his childhood in Texas and Oklahoma, where he first encountered the realities of politics, race, and class. More/less