Annie Proulx is the author of eight books, including the novel The Shipping News, winner of both a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award. Her first novel, Postcards, received a PEN/Faulkner Award. In many of her stories, Proulx depicts the ways in which rural life is destroyed by both changes in society and downright human stubbornness. The long story “Brokeback Mountain,” from Close Range, one her three story collections, won an O. Henry Prize and was adapted into an Academy Award–winning film. Proulx lives in Wyoming.