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Author Brandi Megan Granett on Writing, Publishing, Archery & More

Holly Robinson | Posted 10.23.2016 | Home
Holly Robinson

I admit it: as a veteran Scrabble player, I was delighted to see the cover and title of Brandi Megan Granett's new novel, Triple Love Score. Even bet...

The Double Vision of Blind Faith

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 04.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

Faith is blind when we believe in something unseen without any or sufficient evidence. Underlying many of our actions is our belief that it will lead ...

Autism Without Fear: Advice for Young, Autistic Authors

Michael John Carley | Posted 04.14.2016 | Parents
Michael John Carley

A few of us have been at this "'notable person on the spectrum writes book'-thing" for some time. And whether it's me, Temple Grandin, Liane Holliday Willey, Jerry Newport, John Elder Robison, or Donna Williams...etc. I'm going to guess that we all, as oldsters, see a tremendous number of young, next-gen spectrumites who are writing, or who are seeking to write books about what life is like on the autism spectrum.

No One Glorifies the Grind Because It Sucks

Brooke Warner | Posted 11.04.2016 | Home
Brooke Warner

You're not alone, and if that's all your writing process is to you -- a grind you're dying to get through -- that does not make you less of a writer.

Knocking Yourself Out With Your Own Fist

Sheila Hamilton | Posted 11.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Sheila Hamilton

My hope is that my story, told from the other side of this sixth stage, will be a catalyst for positive change in the way we approach, regard, and respond to the social fallout of mental illness.

Mary Karr's Truth

Brooke Warner | Posted 10.06.2016 | Home
Brooke Warner

Mary is advocating that writers not be chained to exactitudes. But in giving this kind of permission, she is opening the door to a small battleground where absolutists are going to have a field day with her. For black-and-white thinkers there is truth or not truth.

Five Tips From Mary Karr and Me About Writing Memoir

Linda Joy Myers, Ph. D. | Posted 09.29.2016 | Fifty
Linda Joy Myers, Ph. D.

Last week Mary Karr presented her new book The Art of Memoir to an audience in Berkeley, California. Brooke Warner, my co-teaching colleague, interviewed Mary in the intimate hall of the Hillside Club, a historical building with a wooden floor and small stage.

Why 'Factually Inaccurate' Memoirs Are More Than Okay

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 09.28.2015 | Arts

This week, Elizabeth Gilbert released what I assume was a highly anticipated new book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. Unlike her last book --...

In Writing a Memoir, Structure Matters

Beth Kephart | Posted 09.16.2016 | Home
Beth Kephart

I'd like to raise a quiet hand in defense of structure. Indeed, it has always seemed to me that structure defines memoir -- elevates it above mere autobiography, distinguishes it from journalism and essay, rescues it from narcissism.

Tarpaper Sky and Conversations: Interviews with Rodney Crowell and Stanton Moore

Mike Ragogna | Posted 06.15.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"Once we caught on to the sounds we were making, from there on we were rolling. Pretty much everything you hear with the exception of a fiddle here or there and a couple of background voices was what we produced on the floor."

Kin: A Conversation With Rodney Crowell

Mike Ragogna | Posted 08.13.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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In Praise of Flawed Women

Ann Bauer | Posted 07.04.2012 | Home
Ann Bauer

During the long year that The Forever Marriage was circulating, I sought out portraits of imperfect but redeemable women.

Publishing's Renewed Holiday Push With Memoirs, an Enduring Genre

David Tereshchuk | Posted 01.22.2012 | Home
David Tereshchuk

The publishing industry has now fully readied itself for the holidays, with offerings that include yet more aggressively-promoted slices of first-person recollection.

The Wicked Art of Memoir Making

Peter Brown Hoffmeister | Posted 01.08.2012 | Home
Peter Brown Hoffmeister

Memoirs are often written by the spurned lover, the abused child, the disenfranchised group member. Some memoir writers haven't dealt with their pasts, using the print medium to get even.

The Memoir Dilemma: What's With All These Memoirs?

Jennifer Lauck | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jennifer Lauck

Memoirs have been called misleading, fraudulent, overly confessional and now are also deemed narratively non-rigorous and too easy to write.

Ten Great Books You Won't Find On Every List This Holiday Season

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jesse Kornbluth

If your friends and family know that you're a big-time reader, you're surely going to get books for the holidays. And if they don't know you well, y...

Contemporary Literature's Most Memorable Moms

Flavorwire | Caroline Stanley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

As James Joyce once wrote, "Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother's love is not." Sweet, right? While we'd agree that ...

Mary Karr, Fearless Web Warrior

Laura Baudo Sillerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Laura Baudo Sillerman

The paperback edition of her searing, beautifully reviewed memoir, Lit, has hit the shelves, and Karr is striking out to stoke the sales buzz for a book that should be flying out the door all on its own.

From One Book Cover to Another: Saying Goodbye to My Gerbils

Holly Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Holly Robinson

The paperback of my memoir was released recently, but I barely recognize my own book with the new cover. It hurts my heart to say goodbye to the gerbils on the hardcover edition of The Gerbil Farmer's Daughter.

Indies Choice Book Award Finalists Announced

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The ABA (American Booksellers Association) announced the finalists for the Indies Choice Book Awards on Monday, which are chosen by any and all indepe...

Francine Prose On Mary Karr's 'Lit'

The New York Review of Books | Francine Prose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Francine Prose The New York Review of Books A Knife at the Door "Lit: A Memoir" by Mary Karr Harper, 386 pp., $25.99 In an introduction to the tent...

'Devotion', 'Lit' and 'Commitment': Memoirs as the New Neighbor

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Nina Sankovitch

Memoirs allow us to get intimate with another person, to discover secrets and learn from that person's own discussion of her life issues.

Book Review Round-Up

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

This week, the book review round-up includes some reviews from insider journals Publishers Weekly, Kirkus and Booklist, which often get the scoop on n...

The New York Times' 10 Best Books of 2009

The New York Times | The NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

After so many years, and so many lists, you might think the task of choosing the 10 Best Books would get easier. If only. The sublime story collection...

Mary Karr Traded Alcohol For Jesus: 'Talking About This Is Like Doing Card Tricks On The Radio'

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jesse Kornbluth

For a writer of memoirs, Mary Karr has had a charmed life. That is, a lot has happened, almost all of it colorful, much of it painful.