Mark Childress (born 1957, Monroeville, Alabama) is an American novelist and Southern author.
One Mississippi was a summer time studying choice of Good Morning America, O: The Oprah Magazine, People journal, the Los Angeles Times, and the Wall Street Journal, and was nominated for the Southeastern Independent Booksellers Association’s “Book of the Year” award. Stephen King named One Mississippi as #3 on his listing of the “Ten Best Books of 2006” in Entertainment Weekly.
Crazy in Alabama was a featured choice of the Literary Guild appeared on many bestseller lists and Ten Best of 1993 lists. Crazy in Alabama was The (London) Spectator’s “Book of the Year” for 1993 and a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year”, and was on the Der Spiegel bestseller listing in Germany for 10 months. The movie Crazy in Alabama was an official choice of the Venice and San Sebastian movie festivals in 1999.
Tender, a Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club choice, was named to a number of Ten Best of 1990 lists, and appeared on many nationwide bestseller lists.
Childress obtained the Thomas Wolfe Award, the University of Alabama’s Distinguished Alumni Award, and the Alabama Library Association’s Writer of the Year.
Childress wrote the screenplay for the movie Crazy in Alabama.
He has additionally written three image books for kids: Joshua and Bigtooth, Joshua and the Big Bad Blue Crabs, and Henry Bobbity Is Missing And It Is All Billy Bobbity’s Fault.
Articles and evaluations by Childress have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Times, San Francisco Chronicle, the Saturday Review, the Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Travel and Leisure, and different nationwide and worldwide publications.
He was previously a resident of Dallas and New York, and lives in Key West, Florida as of 2011[update].
Childress grew up in Ohio, Indiana, Mississippi, and Louisiana. He graduated from the University of Alabama, the place he was a member of the Mallet Assembly. In 1978 Childress was a reporter for The Birmingham News, Features Editor of Southern Living journal, and Regional Editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.