About the author

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Michael Farris Smith is the award-winning author of Rivers and The Hands of Strangers. Rivers was named in numerous Best Books of the Year lists, and garnered the 2014 Mississippi Author Award for Fiction. His short fiction has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and his essays have appeared with The New York Times, Catfish Alley, Writer’s Bone, and more. Two novels are forthcoming, Desperation Road (Feb 2017) and The Fighter (2018) with Lee Boudreaux Books, a specialty fiction imprint with Little, Brown. He lives in Columbus, Mississippi, with his wife and daughters.

Smith is represented by Ellen Levine of Trident Media Group, whose clients have won Pulitzer prizes, National Book Awards, National Book Critics Circle Awards, P.E.N. Faulkner and Hemingway Prizes. All foreign rights are handled by Claire Roberts, Director of Foreign Rights, at Trident Media Group.

Film rights and screenplays are represented by Jason Richman of United Talent Agency (Los Angeles) and Yuli Masinovsky (literary manager) of Silver Lake Entertainment.