Posts Tagged: Dani Shapiro

Notable Twin Cities: 6/11-6/17

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Monday 6/12: Dani Shapiro will present her new memoir, HourglassMagers & Quinn, 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 6/13: Check out the June Books & Bars! It’s a live performance and discussion centering around a monthly book, plus beer, and this month’s book is Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler

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The “Reality” of Memoir: Delphine de Vigan’s Based on a True Story

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Memoirists are not transcriptionists of their pasts, recalling conversations verbatim. They are artists, whose job is to interpret the lived history through an artistic lens. ...more

Notable Portland: 5/11–5/17

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Thursday 5/11: The Writers in the Schools program at Grant High School hosts a student reading to share their semester of work. Broadway Books, 7 p.m., free.

Jeff VanderMeer, author of Southern Reach Trilogy, reads from his new book, Borne, a story about two humans and two creatures.

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Notable Los Angeles: 5/1–5/7

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Monday 5/1: Reyna Biddy presents and signs I Love My Love. 7 p.m. at Book Soup.

Tuesday 5/2: Gina Sorrell launches her new novel, Mothers & Other Strangers. 7 p.m. at Chevalier’s Books.

Scott Westerfeld discusses and signs Spill Zone.

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Notable NYC: 4/15–4/31

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Saturday 4/15: Protest in support of releasing Donald Trump’s tax returns. Bryant Park, 1 p.m., free.

Thom Donovan and Marissa Perel join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5.

Sunday 4/16: Tongo Eisen-Martin, Mahogany Browne, and Jive Poetic read poetry.

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The Way We Were

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Things in my own life that make me want to write about them are often things that are unresolved. And I use writing to figure them out.

Memoirists Meredith Maran, Dani Shapiro, Ayelet Waldman, Kate Christensen, and Nick Flynn speak in a YouTube video about why they write about their own lives, and the best/worst things that happened to them as a result of writing a memoir.

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The Rumpus Interview with Helen Ellis

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Helen Ellis talks about making a literary comeback with her new story collection American Housewife, subverting expectations, and the joys of gossip. ...more

Anna March’s Reading Mixtape #12: The Art and Craft of Writing

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The writing advice I give is this:

1) Sit down
2) Write

These wise and talented writers have more to say.

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The Rumpus Interview with Sarah Tomlinson

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Author Sarah Tomlinson talks about ghostwriting, her father and childhood, the tradition of confessional writing, and her new memoir, Good Girl. ...more

Memoir vs. Status Updates

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In an era when people live tweet every aspect of their lives, the memoir might seem an antiquated notion. Dani Shapiro disagrees. Status updates are immediate, instant acts of narcissism. Writing a memoir requires introspection and distance. Shapiro explains over at The New Yorker:

It is only with distance that we are able to turn our powers of observation on ourselves, thus fashioning stories in which we are characters.

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Notable NYC: 3/8–3/14

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Saturday 3/8: Ben Marcus talks about his new story collection, Leaving the Sea (January 2014), Rob Spillman, editor of Tin House. Brooklyn Public Library, 4 p.m., free.

Craig Morgan Teicher, Wendy Lotterman, Nicole Steinberg, Sarah V. Schweig, Ted Dodson, Krystal Languell, Joanna C.

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Notable NYC: 2/15–2/21

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Saturday 2/15: Luna Miguel, Jacob Steinberg, and Gabby Bess read poetry. Mellow Pages, 7 p.m., free.

Sunday 2/16: Stephen Elliott and Julia Fierro join Gina Frangello as she reads from her novel A Life in Men (February 2014). Fierro’s forthcoming Cutting Teeth (May 2014) examines thirty-somethings attempting to enjoy a beach house with their children.

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A Private Life for the Memoirist

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There are those writers that relinquish their private lives to the world, choosing to share the honesty of experience, which is often difficult for those family members and friends who were part of this experience.

Changed names and confrontation come up all the time for the memoirist, but what about protecting those family members that don’t exist yet?

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