Faculty Author Series: Fred Leebron
Six Figures by Fred Leebron
Six Figures follows the lives of Warner and Claire, a happily married couple with two children living in Charlotte, N.C., who both are employed by not-for-profit organizations. While the couple has preferred to work doing what they love, they can no longer ignore the fact that everyone around them seems to have more and that they are falling behind. They spend more than they anticipated on a house and Warner's probationary period at work has been extended. The stress begins to take its toll on Warner, and one day when Claire is viciously and mysteriously attacked, Warner emerges as the prime suspect.
Six Figures was turned into a movie by a Canadian production studio and it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2005. It has been widely distributed in Canada and has shown at the Cannes Film Festival, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Majestic Theater in Gettysburg, Pa.
Leebron has authored two other novels, In the Middle of All This and Out West, co-edited Postmodern American Fiction: A Norton Anthology and co-authored Creating Fiction: A Writer's Companion. His work has also appeared in magazines and anthologies such as Tin House, DoubleTake, Grand Street, Ploughshares, North American Review, Triquarterly, Flash Fiction, More and Redbook. A new long story of his, Life in Wartime, has been optioned, and he is currently working on its novelization so that it can be made into a feature film.
Leebron has been a faculty member at Gettysburg College since 1997. He is also program director of the master's in fine arts in creative writing at Queens University of Charlotte, N.C., and serves as curriculum director of the Tinker Mountain Writers' Workshop at Hollins University, Va.
Leebron has received several writing awards, including a Pushcart Prize, a James Michener Award, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship and an O. Henry Award. Leebron received a bachelor of arts degree from Princeton University, a master's from the Johns Hopkins University and a master's in fine arts from the University of Iowa.