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Monthly Archives: August 2012

Upcoming Events For Our 2012 Winners

We are roughly a month away from the 2012 Anisfield-Wolf ceremony and is customary, we are alerting fans to several opportunities to meet our 2012 winners.  Book Signing with David Livingstone Smith Cuyahoga County Public Library, Beachwood Branch (In the Meeting Room) 25501 Shaker BoulevardBeachwood, Ohio 44122-2398Corner of Richmond & Shaker BoulevardWednesday, September 12, 20127:00 PM – 8:30 PMRegistration is recommended. Click here to register.     Lecture with David W. Blight Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities (Clark Hall Room 309)Wednesday, September 12, 20124:30 PM – 5:30 PMThis event is free and open to the public. Registration is recommended. Click here to register.  Read More →

For Writers, Is What You Do Art Or Commerce?

Russell Banks When it comes to the writer's life, sometimes you have to wonder how much the audience's expectations play in to the production of a book. Do writers worry that their stories won't connect, that this book won't be as successful as previous works, or do they approach each book from a space of clarity, with their only concerns on whether or not they'll be able to finish it? In the video above, 1999 winner Russell Banks talks with PBS' Evan Smith about why he writes and whether he writes for arts' sake or for commerce. In his latest book, Lost Memory of Skin, Banks makes his main protagonist a paroled sex offender, someone who, Banks admits might not be the most sympathetic or intriguing of characters. Read More →

VIDEO: Isabel Wilkerson On The Great Migration

During a stop to the Tavis Smiley show on PBS, Isabel Wilkerson described her desire to capture stories of the Great Migration. It was a labor of love—more than a decade of researching, interviewing, writing, and rewriting to accurately capture the stories of African Americans who left the south for more opportunities and a better life in the North.  As Tavis Smiley says, "Everybody's talking about this now. But only because you had the discipline and courage and conviction and commitment to tell this story – a story that is at the very epicenter of what America is." Check out the video and let us know - have you read the book? What were your thoughts?  Read More →

Colson Whitehead Teaches You How To Write – Grab A Pen And Take Notes

Colson WhiteheadWe love it. We absolutely love it. When we read Colson Whitehead's "How To Write," we doubled over in laughter. Finally, a writer who gets it and has fun with the process. Writing is a mysterious endeavor. Those who don't write don't quite get what we do or how we do it or why we do it. But it's an exercise in exploration. Every word, every paragraph, every page, every book — it's all exploration. Whitehead doesn't take himself too seriously. He knows the writer's life well. For example, in rule #2 ("Let Your Subject Find You"), his description of a compelling subject will sound...familiar. And funny:  Once your subject finds you, it’s like falling in love. It will be your constant companion. Shadowing you, peeping in your windows, calling you at all hours to leave messages... Read More →
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