Dunlap releasing ‘Short Mean Fiction’

By Callie Daniels Bryant
Senior Managing Editor

University of Mississippi alum and Webster County native William Dunlap is a celebrated artist whose works have been featured in prestigious collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lauren Rogers Museum and United States Embassies to name a few through out the world.

From Friday through May 26, he will showcase his works, dating from the 1970s, in an exhibition titled “Look At It – Think About It” at American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. This 30,000 square-foot center sits atop the Embassy Row in Washington.

There, Dunlap will also release a book, “Short Mean Fiction,” published by Nautilus Publishing Co. located on 426 S. Lamar Blvd. in Oxford.

His book-signing tour will include stops at Reed’s Gum Tree Bookstore in Tupelo at noon April 20 and at Off Square Books in Oxford at 5:30 p.m. April 21. (Editor’s Note: Dunlap said a signing is also planned for Starkville.)

“Short Mean Fiction” is inspired by Dunlap’s four decades’ worth of sketches and journal entries.

“The drawings scattered throughout this volume are not illustrations, but live in the same place – the sketchbooks – where I first wrote the stories, forgot them, then found them again. To my mind, that’s what can be trusted,” Dunlap said, “For what it’s worth, for better or worse, and to my utter surprise, there are many more where these came from.”

The book has several short but haunting stories, richly supplemented by quick but detailed sketches. To his many admirers across the world, this book is akin to stepping into the artist’s mind to see how his imagination works.

Nautilus Publishing is honored to publish “Short Mean Fiction.”

Carroll Chiles Moore, associate publisher at Nautilus, said, “Bill Dunlap’s creativity and talent has earned him fantastic nationwide recognition. We jumped at the opportunity to work with him and be a part of producing such a great book. ‘Short Mean Fiction’ is an excellent quick read. As free-form and delightful as Dunlap’s art, this book is a perfect way to engage with his work.”

Moore said that working with Dunlap has been a pleasure. “We are excited about ‘Short Mean Fiction’s’ debut. We know readers will enjoy it as thoroughly as we have,” she said.