- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - The city of Oxford is renaming the tennis courts at Avent Park for the late writer Barry Hannah.

The Oxford Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1Fn9wUR ) that the board of aldermen voted Tuesday to name the courts as the Barry Hannah Tennis Courts.

Hannah, whose fiction was laced with dark humor and populated by hard-drinking Southerners, died in 2010 at his home in Oxford. He was 67. Hannah and his late wife, Susan, are buried in Oxford.

Square Books owner Richard Howorth says Hannah loved tennis.

Hannah’s first novel, “Geronimo Rex,” was published in 1972. It received the William Faulkner prize for writing and was nominated for a National Book Award. His 1996 short story collection, “High Lonesome,” was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

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Information from: Oxford Eagle, http://www.oxfordeagle.com

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