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Ben Fountain is the author of the acclaimed short-story collection Brief Encounters with Che Guevara and the novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, which won the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction and the 2012 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, and was shortlisted for the 2012 National Book Award. The film adaptation of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk was directed by Ang Lee. In addition, he has received the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction, an O. Henry Award and two Pushcart Prizes. He was also shortlisted for the International Author of the Year Award in 2012.
His writing has been published in Harper’s, The Paris Review, Zoetrope: All-Story and Stories from the South: The Year’s Best, The New York Times and the Guardian among other publications. He lives in Dallas, Texas.