Kent Haruf

Kent Haruf

Kent Haruf's honors include a Whiting Foundation Award and a special citation from the PEN/Hemingway Foundation. His novel Plainsong won the Mountains & Plains Booksellers Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the New Yorker Book Award.


A literary road trip across the USA

A literary road trip across the USA

An American road trip in books, from Mark Twain to Bret Easton Ellis, stopping off with John Steinbeck, Alice Walker and Cormac McCarthy along the way. 

​Kent Haruf’s Our Souls at Night:

​Kent Haruf’s Our Souls at Night: "a book about us"

Just before Christmas 2014, we received a very special submission: a new novel by Kent Haruf, the author of the Plainsong books set in the fictional town of Holt, Colorado. Our Souls at Night is an exquisite book made all the more poignant by the fact that Kent very sadly passed away just a week after we in the UK received the book, and two days before the final copyedit was finished. We spoke to his wife, Cathy, about Kent’s writing and what this book means to her.​​

Kent Haruf dies aged 71

Kent Haruf dies aged 71

Kent Haruf has died at the age of 71. Kent Haruf was the author of the Plainsong trilogy, set in the fictional town of Holt in Colorado.

Kent Haruf's Holt County, Colorado, in pictures

Kent Haruf's Holt County, Colorado, in pictures

The fictional county of Holt, where Kent Haruf’s novels Plainsong, Eventide and Benediction are set, is in Eastern Colorado. Journalist Max Liu went to explore the country with the author.

Kings of the road - when Clarkson met Cormac

Jeremy Clarkson arguably owes his entire career to roads, but the acerbic critic of cars wouldn't immediately spring to mind as an influential literary critic. That is until he read Cormac McCarthy's career defining novel The Road.