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Books about Writers / Writing

Chinese Writers on Writing

Edward Hirsch (editor), Arthur Sze (editor)

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With more than half the works appearing in English for the first time, Chinese Writers on Writing features authors such as Mo Yan, whose book Red Sorghum was made into an award-winning movie by the same name, Lu Xun, known as the Chinese George Orwell, and Gao Xingjian, the recipient of the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature. This is the first collection to bring together material by writers reflecting on their work,...

A seminal work that helps increase a critical understanding of Chinese writing and literary aesthetics free from official ideology, Chinese Writers on Writing invigorates... — Greta Aart

Hebrew Writers on Writing

Peter Cole (editor), Edward Hirsch (editor)

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Hebrew Writers on Writing begins in early twentieth-century Warsaw, wanders through the formative years of Hebrew modernism in Europe and Palestine, and comes to engage the charged complexity of contemporary Israel. In the process, it explores, as no English volume has before, the shifting cultural and political landscape out of which the literature emerges and provides readers with an intimate vision of a startlingly...

Irish Writers on Writing

Eavan Boland (editor), Edward Hirsch (editor)

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What does it mean to be a writer in the context of Ireland’s centuries of uncertainty and upheaval? How does an Irish writer define Irish writing? The writers in Irish Writers on Writing, who range from early legends to modern masters, address these questions through their sources: the land, the Church, the past, changing politics, and literary styles. Though the references are multiple, the source is single—the Irish...

A Kite in the Wind: Fiction Writers on Their Craft

Andrea Barrett (editor), Peter Turchi (editor)

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A Kite in the Wind: Twenty Fiction Writers on Their Craft is an anthology of essays by twenty veteran writers and master teachers. While the contributors offer specific, practical advice on such fundamental aspects of craft as characterization, character names, the first person point of view, and unreliable narrators, they also give extended, thoughtful consideration to more sophisticated topics, including...

Some of our very best fiction writers tackle many of the thorniest and most fascinating aspects of storytelling. Thoughtful and serious and wise, this is much more than a...Richard Russo

Literary Charleston and the Lowcountry

Curtis Worthington (editor), Louis D. Rubin, Jr. (foreword)

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The different faces of Charleston, South Carolina, have created curiosity and wonder among writers for centuries. In Literary Charleston and the Lowcountry, Curtis Worthington compiles this intriguing and surprising collection of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry selections by thirty-four local and internationally acclaimed authors. It provides a rich tapestry of one of the most popular tourist destinations worldwide....

Worthington has compiled an astonishing number and kind of writings about our romantic, mysterious and much-loved city.Charleston Today

Literary Nashville

Patrick Allen (editor), Madison Jones (foreword)

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From honky tonk to high art, from Printer’s Alley to the Parthenon, Nashville is a writer’s town.There are many accents in Nashville, from the twang of country music and rockabilly to the well-bred tones of Belle Meade society. From Davy Crockett tales and the Agrarians to the BillBoard Top 100 and Goo-Goo Clusters, Nashville is known around the world. Yet the city’s true identity is best realized through its fiction,...

Literary Savannah

Patrick Allen (editor)

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The statues of Savannah’s Monument Square are silent. The status of the solemn girl in Bonaventure Cemetery—made famous in John Berendt’s now legendary book, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil—cannot speak. Only Savannah’s literary monuments can give voice to the rich and diverse history of one of America’s greatest and most visited cities. Many have written about Savannah, but few have captured the true spirit...

Literary Washington, D.C.

Patrick Allen (editor), Alan Cheuse (foreword)

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The public face of Washington—the gridiron of L’Enfant’s avenues, the buttoned-down demeanor of Sloan Wilson’s archetypal “Man in the Grey Flannel Suit,” the monumental buildings of the Triangle—rarely gives up the secrets of this city’s rich life. But beneath the surface there are countless stories to be told. From the early swamp days to the Civil War, the Gilded Age to the New Deal and McCarthy eras, as the center...

Literary Washington, D.C. gathers the writings of 35 local and internationally renowned authors—from Emily Dickinson to Gore Vidal—on topics as divergent as the comings...National Geographic Traveler

Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer

Peter Turchi (author)

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Maps of the Imagination takes us on a magic carpet ride over terrain both familiar and exotic. Using the map as a metaphor, fiction writer Peter Turchi considers writing as a combination of exploration and presentation, all the while serving as an erudite and charming guide. He compares the way a writer leads a reader though the imaginary world of a story, novel, or poem to the way a mapmaker charts the physical...

Readers, after all, love to get lost in a good book. It is a wise writer who will not only deposit them there but lead them out again, whole and thoroughly satisfied. — ForeWord

Mexican Writers on Writing

Margaret Sayers Peden (editor)

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The pieces collected in Mexican Writers on Writing present a cross section of Mexican authors’ thoughts on writing, from Carlos Fuentes’s instructional Decalogue, to Bernardo de Balbuena’s flowery dissertation on the beauty of poetry, to Octavio Paz’s analysis of the essence of translation. From the time of the chronicles of the conquistadors to the contemporary movement Crack, these writers reveal ever-changing views...

A Muse and a Maze: Writing as Puzzle, Mystery, and Magic

Peter Turchi (author)

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With his characteristic genius for finding connections between writing and the stuff of our lives, Peter Turchi ventures into new and even more surprising territory. In A Muse and a Maze, Turchi draws out the similarities between writing and puzzle making and its flip side, puzzle solving. As he teases out how mystery lies at the heart of all storytelling, he uncovers the magic—the creation of credible illusion—that...

Although Turchi’s knack for drawing connections can seem like a sleight of hand in itself, his writing is consistently engaging, lively, and thought provoking. The...Publishers Weekly

Nineteenth-Century American Writers on Writing

Edward Hirsch (editor), Brenda Wineapple (editor)

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Nineteenth-Century American Writers on Writing features essays, letters, poems, prose, and excerpts of interviews by fifty-seven writers of the century, including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, Fanny Fern, Ulysses S. Grant, William James, and Frances Harper. Each of these writers confronted what it meant for a literature to be defined as “American” during a century rocked by the industrial...

A strong pick for any literary history collection with a focus on American literature. — Midwest Book Review

Nobody Home: Writing, Buddhism, and Living in Places

Julia Martin (author), Gary Snyder (author)

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In this thoughtful, affectionate collection of interviews and letters spanning three decades, beloved poet Gary Snyder talks with South African writer and scholar Julia Martin. Over this period many things changed decisively—globally, locally, and in their personal lives—and these altered conditions provide the backstory for a long conversation. It begins in the early 1980s as an intellectual exchange between an...

Gives wise advice about writing and life....His joy in ideas is contagious.Publishers Weekly

One-Way Tickets: Writers and the Culture of Exile

Alicia Borinsky (author)

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In One-Way Tickets, Alicia Borinsky offers readers a splendid tour across twentieth-century literature and popular culture, providing a literary travelogue of writers and artists in exile. She describes their challenges in adjusting to new homelands, issues of identity and language, and the brilliant works produced under the discomforts and stresses of belonging nowhere. Glimpses of Hollywood divas, the romance of...

The wide-ranging book draws examples from literature and popular culture to explore issues of language, identity, and belonging. — Boston University News

Polish Writers on Writing

Edward Hirsch (editor), Adam Zagajewski (editor)

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Polish Writers on Writing captures the brilliance and originality of a literature rightly considered one of the most important and influential of our time. These writers are branded by the political realities of their country—creating literature out of the brutality of the Second World War, under the inhibiting and numbing Communist reign, and finally within a free society, but one burdened by its history. No common...

Romanian Writers on Writing

Edward Hirsch (editor), Norman Manea (editor)

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Vanity doubled by vitality, vulnerability mixed in with force, and the fear of dissolution intimately linked with the desperate pride of defeating historical time confer upon Romanian literature a special tension, born from wandering and threat. The eighty-one writers gathered in Romanian Writers on Writing explore this unsettling tension and exemplify the powerful, polyphonic voice of their country’s complex...

A brilliant publishing enterprise. One of the best elements in American culture is a genuine, welcoming interest in writing from other languages. Beginning with essential...Robert Pinsky

Talking on the Water: Conversations about Nature and Creativity

Jonathan White (author)

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During the 1980s and 1990s, the Resource Institute, headed by Jonathan White, held an ongoing series of "floating seminars" aboard a sixty-five-foot schooner, featuring leading thinkers and artists from an array of disciplines. Over a period of ten years, White conducted interviews with the writers, scientists, environmentalists, and poets exploring the human relationship to the wild. The interviews are collected in...

In 1983 writer Jonathan White, founder and president of the Resource Institute, a nonprofit educational organization in Seattle, transformed a dilapidated schooner into a...Publishers Weekly

Words without Walls: Writers on Addiction, Violence, and Incarceration

Sarah Shotland (editor), Sheryl St. Germain (editor)

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Writing workshops in prisons and rehabilitation centers have proven time and again to be transformative and empowering for people in need. Halfway houses, hospitals, and shelters are all fertile ground for healing through the imagination and can often mean the difference for inmates and patients between just simply surviving and truly thriving. It is in these settings that teachers and their students need reading that...

Sit down, turn off the phone, and prepare for a stunning, if difficult, read. . . Reading this book is to read the most intimate, often horrifying, stories that humans can...Publishers Weekly

Words without Walls: Writers on Addiction, Violence, and Incarceration: A Teaching Guide

Sarah Shotland (author), Sheryl St. Germain (author)

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The Words without Walls teaching guide is designed to accompany the anthology Words without Walls: Writers on Addiction, Violence, and Incarceration. The guide, an ebook available for free download, provides a supplemental curriculum for those who might wish to use the anthology in settings such as prisons, jails, halfway houses, and rehabilitation facilities. The prompts in the guide have been used successfully in...