Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Ten Things You Didn’t Know About “The Sense of Touch” Author Ron Parsons

1. The first short story that he ever published was a humorous fictional account of appearing on the game show “The Price is Right,” and being antagonized by host Bob Barker. It appeared in The Onion.

2. The first short story he published in a literary review was “Hezekiah Number Three.” It appeared in the Spring 2008 edition of The Gettysburg Review.

3. While attending college at the University of Minnesota, he took a fiction writing class from Alexs Pate, the award-winning author of such books as Losing Absalom and the novelization of Amistad.

4. He doesn’t like ketchup, mustard, or mayonnaise, but does like barbecue sauce.

5. He is an appellate lawyer and once had a First Amendment case that went all the way to the United States Supreme Court, where he was privileged to sit at counsel’s table with Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe, who argued the case.

6. He was named the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society’s “Friend of the Year” for 2005.

7. His name might well have been “Donald Parsons, Jr.,” instead of “Ronald.”  His father had a twin brother who died at birth.  His father was originally named Donald, and the twin Ronald, but his father’s older brothers told their parents that “Donald is a duck” and so they changed the surviving twin’s name to Ronald.

8. It is claimed in a family tree kept within an old family Bible that one of his ancestors was an actual “Sheriff of Nottingham” in England.

9. A few single-panel cartoons that he drew were syndicated and appeared in newspapers across the country, including one that was published in the Sunday edition of the Los Angeles Times.

10. He likes to follow the regular procedures. 

About the Book:
Old friends uncomfortably reunited and lovers who cling to their distance from one another; disappearing fathers, fiercely loving grandfathers, and strangers who pass through and radically change lives...These are among the characters who populate the rugged Midwestern landscapes of the mesmerizing fiction world of Ron Parsons. In his debut collection, THE SENSE OF TOUCH (Aqueous Books; May 1, 2013), Parsons captures people of various ages in the act of searching for meaning and connection and themselves. Firmly set in South Dakota, Minnesota, and Michigan, the lush but often brutally cold heartland of America, the eight stories explore universal themes--loneliness, betrayal, transformation, hope--in fresh, sometimes fanciful, sometimes comical, sometimes jarring, and always moving and memorable ways.

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