Tuesday, May 7, 2013

On Writers, Writing and Reading

What goes into the writing life? Writers, as you might imagine, often seem to be avid readers as well, and full of opinions about books they've read.  Not to mention the advice they're eager to share about their craft!  Here are some books by writers about what they read, how they write, and a few more things besides.

The Moment: Wild, Poignant, Life-Changing Stories from 125 Writers and Artists edited by Larry Smith

Housekeeping vs. the Dirt by Nick Hornby

Why Read Moby-Dick? by Nathaniel Philbrick

How to Talk about Books You Haven't Read by Pierre Bayard

Books: A Memoir by Larry McMurtry

My Reading Life by Pat Conroy

How Reading Changed My Life by Anna Quindlen

Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman

Making Mischief: A Maurice Sendak Appreciation by Gregory Maguire

Maps and Legends: Reading and Writing Along the Borderlands by Michael Chabon

The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them by Elif Batuman

Stranger than Fiction: True Stories by Chuck Palahniuk

The Merry Heart: Reflections on Reading, Writing, and the World of Books by Robertson Davies

Many of these titles were suggested by the "You Might Also Like These..." feature, which you can find beneath the book's copy status in the catalog for most titles!

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