Barry Hannah

His work sang but was unsung. That's what friends and avid readers said about Barry Hannah, the Southern writer who died at age 67 on March 1. Many of his greatest admirers were writers themselves. In 2000, when news spread that Barry had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, more than 50 young writers staged a banquet to honor him. They came from Montana and New York and Florida to be with the author of Airships and High Lonesome for one evening and let him know how much he meant to them.

Barry loved a good laugh, and I loved to be...

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