DENVER (AP) - Writer Kent Haruf, who authored "Plainsong" and several other novels set in small town Colorado, died Sunday at age 71, his publisher said.
Haruf's editor at Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Gary Fisketjon, confirmed Haruf's death. Knopf spokesman Paul Bogaards said Haruf had been battling cancer.
During a 1999 interview with The Associated Press, Haruf said that he was a preacher's son who grew up in a family of book lovers. He attended Nebraska Wesleyan University, spent two years in the Peace Corps in Turkey and returned to the United States to fine-tune his fiction at the University of Iowa's Writers Workshop.
"The Tie That Binds," his first novel, was published in 1984, winning a Whiting Writers' Prize and finishing as a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway award for first fiction. His next book, "Where You Once Belonged," came out six years later.
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