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October 1 , 2009 Washington, DC Tim O'Brien read from his memoir-in-progress (on fatherhood) to a capacity crowd in the NEA Poetry and Prose Pavilion at the 2009 National Book Festival in Washington, DC. Photo by Tom Roster HAPPY BIRTHDAY TIM O'BRIEN! O'Brien's The Things They Carried is certainly...
September 2 , 2009 Washington, DC By e_walk from Flickr While ostensibly focused on two different cultures, Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine and Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club actually have a lot in common. Both novels are comprised of interconnected stories, which layer the past and future to explore...
August 28 , 2009 Washington, DC "A place for soulful conversation" by ktylerconk from Flickr Playwright Edward Albee met Carson McCullers in the early 1960s. They became life-long friends, and Albee adapted McCullers's The Ballad of the Sad Cafe for the stage. From an interview with the NEA, Albee...
August 24 , 2009 Washington, DC "Typewriter" by aprillynn77 from Flickr The work of the very best writers is deceptive in that, if the writer does her job well, the reader is aware only of a sense of effortlessness and ease to the text. In truth, every writer struggles with the best way to write,...
Photo by Alan Zale courtesty of Caldwell Public Library's (New Jersey) Big Read of The Shawl For the month of July, I set myself the challenge of writing a poem a day. While I didn't manage to write each and every day, I did manage to at least start quite a few poems. There's the old saying that...