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Marion Ettlinger "Matt" Bondurant

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About Matt Bondurant

Matt Bondurant, born 1971, is an American contemporary writer and author of the books The Third Translation, The Wettest County in the World and The Night Swimmer.

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Bondurant was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. His family's ancestral home in Franklin County, VA is the setting of his prohibition-era historical novel The Wettest County in the World, which tells the tale of his grandfather, Jack Bondurant, and granduncles as they run a massive moonshining operation in the mountains of southwest Virginia.

Bondurant was a Walter E. Dakin Fellow at the Sewanee Writer's Conference and a Kingsbury Fellow at Florida State University. He graduated from James Madison University, where he was a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. Bondurant is currently a literature and creative writing professor at the University of Texas at Dallas. He previously taught English at George Mason University.

In 2010, director John Hillcoat planned to make a film, The Wettest County in the World, based on Bondurant's novel and starring Shia LaBeouf but the project was shut down as a result of financing problems. An indie studio called Annapurna Pictures (based in L.A, California, U.S) revived the project. Filming began in late February 2011, with Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman, Mia Wasikowska, and Jessica Chastain added to the cast. In March 2012, the title was changed to Lawless.

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