by Tara Morgan
Before you spend any more time chewing on this Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s last name, we thought we’d let you know that the “l” and the “x” in Proulx are both silent. So, it’s pronounced “Proo."
When Proulx penned her first novel Postcards at age 56—the tale of murderer Loyal Blood’s Odyssian journey from his Vermont farm to the California coast—the book won her the Pen/Faulkner Award and instantly rocketed her into literary notoriety. She followed up Postcards with the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning novel Shipping News, the story of downtrodden doormat Quoyle’s move back to his ancestral home in Newfoundland. Shipping News was eventually adapted for a movie in 2001 starring Kevin Spacey as Quoyle, Judi Dench as Agnis Hamm and Julianne Moore as Wavey Prowse. Proulx’s O’Henry Award-honored short story Brokeback Mountain was also turned into a star-studded blockbuster, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath Ledger.
Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the Egyptian Theatre hosts Proulx as a part of The Cabin's Readings and Conversations Series. Unfortunately, the reading has been sold out for a while, but they have asked those who can't attend to donate their tickets by calling 208-331-8000. So there’s still a faint glimmer of hope that more tickets might become available. Or that you might be able to finagle a Faustian deal (Craigslist) to catch the fetching Ms. Proulx in the flesh.