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Harcourt Publishing acquires publishing rights for two books authored by NHC English professor


Bruce Machart, associate professor of English for North Harris College, recently signed a two-book deal with Harcourt Publishing. Harcourt Trade Publishing is a major presence in the American literary landscape. Responsible for the early publications of authors such as Katherine Anne Porter, Flannery O'Connor, Robert Penn Warren and Eudora Welty, the publishing house is synonymous with literary fiction.

The Wake of Forgiveness, the first book to go to press in late 2008, is a historical novel set in Lavaca County, Texas, in the years between 1910 and 1925. Due out in late 2009, Harcourt will publish Machart's Men in the Making, a collection of thematically linked short stories, the majority of which are set in Texas.

"I was thrilled to learn that Adrienne Brodeur at Harcourt recently acquired the North American hardcover rights, which were offered by my agent, The Irene Skolnick Literary Agency in NYC," said Machart. "I began writing fiction more than ten years ago, and it's wonderful, of course, to see the hard work beginning to pay off."

Machart was born and raised in Texas, and attended both McCullough High School and The University of Houston, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in English in 1996. In 1999 he completed his Master of Fine Arts Degree in English at Ohio State University. He has been on the Lone Star College-North Harris English faculty for the past four years.

Machart's previous fiction has appeared in some of the country's finest literary magazine's, including Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope: All-Story, Five Points, Glimmer Train, Story, One-Story, and elsewhere, and has been anthologized in Best Stories of the American West. His work has been cited by the Texas Institute of Letters and the Best American Short Stories series.

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