“Crazy Heart” author speaks Oct. 11

As part of a speaker series, Pima Community College will host Thomas Cobb, author of “Crazy Heart.”

Cobb is coming to Pima to speak about his newest book, “With Blood in Their Eyes.” This non-fiction book outlines the 1918 Power Affair in Arizona, including a deadly gunfight between lawmen and men evading the draft.

Cobb is the same author who wrote the novel “Crazy Heart” in 1987. In 2009, it was made into a film starring Jeff Bridges that won an Academy Award. It tells the story of Bad Blake, a country music singer and songwriter who becomes involved with a much younger journalist (played by Maggie Gyllenhaal in the film).

The University of Arizona Press has released a number of Cobb’s works, including his most recent book, which came out in September.

Some of his other books include “Shavetail,” the story of a 17-year old boy in the army braving the Arizona Territory in the 1870s, and “Acts of Contrition,” a compilation of short stories.

Cobb was born and raised in Tucson and studied writing in Houston, Texas. He currently lives in New England. The early Arizona desert and Wild West setting are featured prominently in his books.

He has worked as an English and fiction-writing professor at Rhode Island College.

Cobb spoke in Tucson earlier this year as part of the Pima Writer’s Conference. Speakers at the conference discussed their personal and professional writing experience with their audience.

Cobb’s upcoming reading is the first in a new author series at Pima. More authors will read in the spring, including writer Leslie Marmon Silko.

“The new series will feature readings by nationally well-known authors, Pima faculty, and Pima students as well,” Meg Files, chair of the West Campus English and journalism department, said.

Cobb will speak at West Campus’ Center for the Arts on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Meg Files at mfiles@pima.edu or 206-6084.



Where: West Campus Center for the Arts

2202 W. Anklam Road

When: Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.

More info: 206-6084

Photo by Eugene St. Pierre

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