Dubus, who grew up in mill towns on the Merrimack River, is the author of six books. He received an honorary doctorate from Merrimack in 2004.
Three of Dubus’ books were New York Times bestsellers: “House of Sand and Fog,” “The Garden of Last Days” (soon to be a major motion picture) and “Townie,” a memoir. “House of Sand and Fog,” published in 20 languages, was a No. 1 New York Times bestseller and Oprah Book Club Selection, and adapted into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly.
His most recent book, “Dirty Love” — a collection of four short novellas — was chosen as a Notable Book and Editors’ Choice by The New York Times.
Dubus’ many awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, The National Magazine Award for Fiction, two Pushcart Prizes, and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. He teaches full-time at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.
While at Merrimack, Dubus will meet with students for classes and workshops, and will give a reading at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 at the Writers House. The event, which is free and open to the public, will include a question and answer session and reception.
The Writer-in-Residence program is made possible through support from the Andrea ’79 and Ken Robertson Writers House Innovation Fund.