WATCH: Bill Fitzhugh on Finding Satire in the Serious
From the Video Series Authors in the Tent, Hosted by Ona Russell
Authors in the Tent is a filmed series of interviews with established and emerging authors conducted in a tent Ona Russell purchased during the pandemic. Inspired by Boccaccio’s Decameron and the 1001 Arabian Nights, the tent—elemental, ancient, and ubiquitous—serves as a magical backdrop for literary conversation.
In the second episode of the second season, Ona Russell talks with Bill Fitzhugh about his latest novel, A Perfect Harvest, exploring humor in medical diagnosis, playing with narrative conventions, working in the vein of Jonathan Swift and Laurence Sterne, and his screenwriting career in Hollywood.
Ona Russell holds a PhD in literature from UC San Diego where she also taught for many years. She is author of three award-winning historical mysteries and the recently released Son of Nothingness: A Novel of Appearances.
Bill Fitzhugh is the award-winning author of eleven or so comic and satiric crime novels. He has also written for film, television, radio, and theatre. His debut novel, Pest Control, was translated into half a dozen languages, the film rights sold to Warner Brothers, it was produced as a popular radio show in Germany, and as a stage musical in Los Angeles. The New York Times said “Fitzhugh is in a league with Carl Hiaasen and Elmore Leonard…he is a strange and deadly amalgam of screenwriter and comic novelist.” The late, great political humorist, Molly Ivins said, “Fitzhugh is one seriously funny guy.” A one-time FM rock deejay, he wrote, produced, and hosted Fitzhugh’s All Hand Mixed Vinyl for five years on Sirius-XM’s Deep Tracks channel. Born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, Fitzhugh lives in Los Angeles where he is at work on his next project.