David Bouchier : an award-winning weekly essayist for National Public Radio in New York and Connecticut, who also hosts a lively program of classical music and commentary called Sunday Matinee. His essays, with audio, can be found at http://www.wshu.org/ and Sunday Matinee can be heard live from 1 – 6 p.m. e.s.t. from the same web site.
David has been a journalist and bookseller in London, and a tour guide in Greece and Turkey. Rather late in life he received a PhD from the London School of Economics, and spent fifteen years as a lecturer in sociology at the University of Essex – one of Britain’s experimental universities founded in the 1960s. This latter experience explains his notable streak of irony.
In 1986 marriage to an American citizen, plus an ardent desire to escape the British climate, brought David to the United States, first as a visiting professor at the State University of New York. This was such a surrealistic experience that he abandoned all hope of earning a proper living, and became a freelance writer and broadcaster.
His commentaries and opinion columns have appeared in The Atlanta Journal & Constitution, Newsday, The Hartford Courant, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune and dozens more newspapers through syndication. David’s humor column “Out of Order” appeared in the regional Sunday edition of the New York Times for ten years until 2003. He has contributed fiction and
non-fiction to many literary and political magazines and, as a lapsed sociologist and a recovering educator, has established a distinctively ironic voice on American Public Radio.
Four recent newspaper columns by David Bouchier appear in The Thurber Book of American Humor, edited by Michael J. Rosen (HarperCollins, 2000) “How to Put Humor in Your Fiction” appears in a collection from the teachers of the Associated Writing Programs, Creating Fiction, edited by Julie Checkoway (Story Press: 1999). David Bouchier has lectured widely, and is a regular instructor at the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival.
Five of his seven books remain in print. The Accidental Immigrant was published in 1996, and is a collection of humorous essays about life in America (reprinted 2007). A 2003 collection, The Song of Suburbia, is also available in a new 2007 edition.
David and his wife Diane spent a year in a small village in southern France. An account of their adventures in French culture is available as a two-CD set (see Books and Audio), and in a book version, The Cats and the Water Bottles and Other Mysteries of French Village Life, with drawings by Diane Bouchier, appeared in December 2002.
A collection of essays on the art and business of writing, based on a decade of teaching at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, Writer at Work, appeared in May 2005 and his latest collection of commentaries from public radio, A Few Well Chosen Words, was published in May 2007, and a further collection, Peripheral Vision, was published in the Fall of 2011.
David lives in Stony Brook, Long Island, and in a village near Uzès, France, with his wife who is a professor at Stony Brook University, and two resolutely un-musical cats.