The Very Telling: Conversations with American Writers

The Very Telling: Conversations with American Writers

by Sarah Johnson


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781584655947
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publication date: 11/30/2006
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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

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D.W. Fenza

"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

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