The novelist and teacher who didn’t turn his back on his past, but faced it head on to find a voice uniquely his own.
As Miss Maudie says in Mockingbird, “People in their right mind never take pride in their talents.”
“I grew to love the challenges and rewards of the short story – the way you have to be precise and condensed and make every word count.”
While penning a response to a national crisis, two young adult authors developed a friendship and taught each other about craft.
Novelist Hannah Pittard reads her work aloud to establish a graceful rhythm and evocative mood.
“My job is to jump through that empathic window and report on the human condition. Period.”
For Tim O’Brien, the Vietnam War has remained a crucible in his fiction, but the power of imagination and memory, and ‘our elusive interior worlds,’ loom large too.
Can turning to the pen turn eerie?
Enjoying awards and recognition, Colum McCann expands his use of multiple points of view.
Find time when you don’t have time.