In The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart, M. Glenn Taylor cuts to the bone with a detailed and personal narrative voice thats been called confident, compelling and pure.

The first-time novelists epic and outrageous story, published by West Virginia University Press , was named a 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award fiction finalist. Winners will be announced March 12.

Founded in 1974, the National Book Critics Circle is a nonprofit organization that honors quality writing and communicating. It consists of nearly 700 active book reviewers.

The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggartrecounts the life and times of the oldest living man in West Virginia. Nicknamed for a lifelong oral affliction, Taggart has been running from his past most of his adulthood. Trouble seems to follow himwith stints as a sniper in the West Virginia coal mine wars, musician and prize-winning reporterbut he always finds a way to triumph and eventually returns home.

Taylor was born and raised in Huntington. His stories have appeared in various literary journals, including The Chattahoochee Review, Mid-American Review, Meridian and Gulf Coast.

He teaches English and fiction writing at Harper College in suburban Chicago, where he lives with his wife and two sons.

Housed in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences , WVU Press has published many significant titles and scholarly works since its founding in the 1960s. A small staff led by Director Carrie Mullen produces a dozen books and four journals each year.

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