The Fayette Arts Council along with community sponsors welcome author Rick Bragg to Fayette for a book signing/ speaking event on Aug. 16 at the Fayette Civic Center.

Appetizers, catered by Missy’s Taste of Home will be served at 5:30 p.m., with Bragg scheduled to speak in the auditorium at 7. Afterward, he will be available to sign books. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the Fayette Civic Center, The Citizens Bank, or can be purchased online at Alabama Booksmith from Homewood will have Bragg’s books for sale in the lobby of the civic center beginning at 5:30.  

Rick Bragg learned to tell stories by listening to his family, the people of the foothills of the Appalachians. The stories he heard, of deprivation, sacrifice, love, violence and family, form the backbone of all three of his memoirs, the critically acclaimed and best-selling All Over But The Shoutin’’, Ava’s Man, and The Prince of Frogtown, and his most recent work, The Most They Ever Had.

Bragg was born and raised in the country outside Jacksonville After a brief but influential stint at Jacksonville State University, he worked at several newspapers from The Jacksonville News to The New York Times. He covered stories such as the murder and unrest in Haiti, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Jonesboro killings, the Susan Smith trial, and the tensions in Pakistan following 9/11.

In 1992, Bragg was awarded a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 1996 while at The New York Times for his elegantly written stories about contemporary America. He has received the Harper Lee Award, the Clarence Cason Award, the James Beard Award, the American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award, and more than 50 other writing awards. He is a contributing editor at Southern Living and writes about his native South for several other publications. He is the Clarence Cason Professor of Writing in the College of Communications and Information Sciences at The University of Alabama.