Roy Blount Jr is the author of twenty-three books. The first, About Three Bricks Shy of a Load, is often called one of the best of all sports books. His subsequent works have taken on a range of subjects, from Duck Soup to Robert E. Lee; and what cats are thinking; and how to savor New Orleans; and what it's like being married to the first woman president of the United States. Blount is a panelist on NPR's Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me, an ex-president of the Authors Guild, a usage consultant to the American Heritage Dictionary, a New York Public Library Literary Lion, and a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers and the Rock Bottom Remainders.
In 2009 Blount received the University of North Carolina's Thomas Wolfe Award, which cited "his voracious appetite for the way words sound and for what they really mean." Norman Mailer said, "Page for page, Roy Blount is as funny as anyone I've read in a long time." Time placed Blount "in the tradition of the great curmudgeons like H. L. Mencken and W. C. Fields." Garrison Keillor said in The Paris Review, "Blount is the best. He can be literate, uncouth and soulful all in one sentence." His essays, articles, stories and verses have appeared in 170 periodicals, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, Esquire, The Atlantic, Sports Illustrated, The Oxford American and Garden & Gun. He comes from Decatur, Georgia, and lives in western Massachusetts.