Once again, Sarah Anne Johnson offers insightful interviews with some of today's most popular and accomplished writers. Steeped in a thorough knowledge of each writer's work, Johnson asks about a range of topics on the writing craft, nurturing fictional ideas, and the daily practice of writing. The authors offer insights and practical advice that will delight their fans and be cherished by aspiring writers. Michael Cunningham recalls how the structure of The Hours evolved as he wrote it. Edwidge Danticat honors the Haitian storytelling tradition she encountered in her childhood. And Jonathan Lethem reflects on working from inside and outside the literary establishment.
Johnson's interviews have been praised for her "thoughtful and knowledgeable questions" (Bloomsbury Review) that "provoke thoughtful responses from her subjects" (Publishers Weekly) and provide "an opportunity to participate in intimate and often illuminating dialog" (Library Journal). Her previous collection, Conversations with American Women Writers (UPNE, 2004), was described as "17 miniature instruction books on craft" by Publishers Weekly.
Other writers interviewed include Rick Moody; Donna Tartt; Myla Goldberg; Mary Gaitskill; Ha Jin; Bret Anthony Johnston; Edward P. Jones; Chang-rae Lee; Alice Mattison; Nancy Rawles; Marilynne Robinson; le thi diem thuy; and Mary Yukari Waters.
|Publisher:||University Press of New England|
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About the Author
SARAH ANNE JOHNSON teaches at Lesley University and conducts workshops on "The Art of the Author Interview" at MFA programs around the country.
Table of Contents
Introduction Michael Cunningham - A Bottomless Fascination with the Process Itself Edwidge Danticat - You Have to Live Your Characters' Lives with Them Mary Gaitskill - I've Worked Very Alone and Very Privately Myla Goldberg - Moving through the Language on the Page Ha Jin - Making the Sentences Fresh Bret Anthony Johnston - There Is an Unassailable Victory in the Very Telling of a Story Edward P. Jones - The Image You Woke Up With le thi diem thuy - Writing Certain Experiences into the Language Chang-rae Lee - The Drama of Consciousness Jonathan Lethem - Discovering the Story Word by Word Alice Mattison - My Poems Began to Get More Like Stories Rick Moody - When You See a Rule, Break It Nancy Rawles - I Try to Write Rhythmically Marilynne Robinson - An Intensifier of Experience Donna Tartt - Character Is the Very Lifeblood of Fiction Mary Yukari Waters - Snatching at Random Bits of Light Bibliography
What People are Saying About This
"If you love books, you invariably become curious about their making and who their parents are. A good literary interview will introduce you to the parents and how they met the inspiration of the stories and characters that are now part of you. A good interview with an author illuminates the nervous system that grows among people and words--it's a spangled tree that makes the act or reading and writing more curious and luminous. With The Very Telling, Sarah Anne Johnson does a first-rate job in turning on the lights that festoon the family trees of contemporary literature."
D.W. Fenza, Executive Director, The Association of Writers and Writing Programs