Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist
Rick Bragg is the author of two critically acclaimed and best-selling books, All Over but the Shoutin’ and Ava’s Man. He also garnered a Pulitzer Prize for journalism as a national correspondent at The New York Times. Bragg’s recent book, The Most They Ever Had, is an eloquent tale of an Alabama milling community and led The New York Times Book Review to state, “It is hard to think of a writer who reminds us more forcefully and wonderfully of what people and families are all about.” Read More >
All Over but the Shoutin'
"What a joy to read that our mutual friend, Rick Bragg, will be in print again and with such a great story. He spoke here in Flint, Michigan last April and my husband and I share all the sentiments you express about him. He was THE most well-received and loved speaker we have ever had in our series and I just wanted to kidnap him. In addition to his obvious writing and speaking abilities, I found him to be a most kind, sensitive, and aware person... beneath the fun, teasing, and humor."
"As usual, your speaker was fabulous! Rick took in his surroundings and digested them. Then, instead of speaking to the downside of all of the 'survival' images he has experienced, he moved past the first segment of our event which was quite serious, and lightened things up quite a bit. He had the entire full house of about 750 people in stitches. What a way to end our season, with smiles on our faces all while in appreciation of the spirit of survival as it relates to the 'Potential and Power of the Human Spirit.' He was so delightful, I think the lot of us would have chosen to put him in our back pockets and take him home with us. My husband, who never laughs really, couldn't get over him, talking incessantly about each and every tidbit Rick gave us. He was so generous to everyone, engaging, and appropriate. He not only knows how to read a crowd, he can then write about them in their very presence!"
"What a fun event. On behalf of our appreciative Library Commission, we thank Rick for bringing the flavor of the characters that inhabited his hometown to our community. His wit (we’re still laughing about the possum tale), style, and heart filled the room and our minds with a comfortable warmth that made for an enjoyable evening. The atmosphere he created was akin to being with an old friend, which is what we now consider him."
"It was all that we hoped for and even more. The crowd numbered right around 700—almost full capacity. Many books sold, many books autographed. Rick had that audience eating out of his hand. Kalamazoo loves Rick Bragg! And for me personally, it was like the reunion of long lost cousins. You know, I’d had this horrible stress-induced nightmare about a month ago in which Rick came to town and was a complete a**, and I just followed him around apologizing. He was so warm and generous, really the standard by which all other authors will be judged. He said he’d love to come back when the novel is published and I know we’d love to have him."