"What I love about memoir is that solitary voice trying to learn how to be a human being." Mary Karr, whose forthcoming book, The Art of Memoir (Harper, 2015), is featured in The Time Is Now in the current issue of Poets & Writers Magazine, comments on the power of the memoir form with the help of some well-known writers.
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"The act of writing, when it goes well, gives me a pleasure, a joy, unlike any other." Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks, whose latest book, On the Move: A Life, was published by Knopf in April, speaks about being a storyteller and what writing has meant to his life. Sacks passed away on August 30 at the age of eighty-two.
"I thought maybe I'd be a filmmaker but I wasn't any good at that either, so I just kept falling through the cracks to fiction." Claire Vaye Watkins, whose first novel, Gold Fame Citrus (Riverhead Books, 2015), is featured in Page One in the current issue of Poets & Writers Magazine, talks about how she arrived at writing fiction.
Ann Beattie, who is featured in the current issue of Poets & Writers Magazine, reads from her new book, The State We're In: Maine Stories (Scribner, 2015), and talks about her experiences in writing and reading fiction, and working with editors. For more Beattie, listen to the latest episode of Ampersand: The Poets & Writers Podcast.
Brandon Christopher talks about the experiences that inspired his memoir The Job Pirate: An Entertaining Tale of My Job-Hopping in America which was published by Bleeding Heart Publications in February. Bleeding Heart Publications is featured in Small Press Points in the current issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.
"I knew she was carrying too, / building bits of flesh that fall into the world..." Marsha de la O reads "Possum" from her new poetry collection, Antidote for Night (BOA Editions, 2015), which is featured in Page One in the current issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.
Jill Bialosky reads her favorite poem by William Wordsworth for a new video documentary collaboration between Tate Street, Robert Pinsky, and the Favorite Poem Project. Bialosky's latest novel, The Prize (Counterpoint Press, 2015), is featured in Page One in the September/October issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.
In this short film, illustrator Avi Ofer animates a voice memo recorded by Amanda Palmer in which she describes speaking to her husband, Neil Gaiman, during a dream.
Patrick deWitt's follow-up to The Sisters Brothers (Ecco, 2011) is described as "a love story, an adventure story, a fable without a moral, and an ink-black comedy of manners," and will be released by Ecco next month.