University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
October 22, 2012
Contact: Erin Bastian, USA Public Relations, (251) 460-6211

USA Writer-In-Residence and Local Author Releases New Book

University of South Alabama writer-in-residence Frye Gaillard, a local author of more than 20 books, recently released The Books That Mattered: A Reader’s Memoir.

The memoir, published by NewSouth Books, features 11 personal essays written by Gaillard explaining “thirty-odd books” that affected him most deeply. Throughout the memoir, Gaillard explores his “love affair” with the books that impacted his life greatly and the words of authors such as Harper Lee, Anne Frank, and Mark Twain. The memoir states, “Frye Gaillard’s first encounters with books were disappointing, but at the age of nine, he discovered Johnny Tremain, a children’s novel of the Revolutionary War, which began a lifetime love affair with books.”

Gaillard’s essays express not only the history but a critical analysis of his deepest thoughts and ideas of the influential authors and stories. Additionally, Gaillard stated in the book’s prologue, “I had always wanted to write a book about books, those that had brought me greatest delight through the years.”

Gaillard will be available to sign copies of The Books That Mattered: A Reader’s Memoir Sunday, Nov. 18, beginning at 1 p.m., at Page & Palette in Fairhope.

For more details, please contact Gaillard at (251) 460-6210 or


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