Allan Gurganus is the author of five books, including Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, White People (Alfred A. Knopf), and Local Souls (Liveright Publishing). He has been awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lambda Literary Award, and the National Magazine Prize. Film adaptations of his work have won four Emmys. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Gurganus co-founded Writers Against Jesse Helms. His novel-in-progress is The Erotic History of a Country Baptist Church.