The Year’s Best Books on Writing and Creativity . . . .

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Image“The question of why writers write holds especial mesmerism, both as a piece of psychological voyeurism and as a beacon of self-conscious hope that if we got a glimpse of the innermost drivers of greats, maybe, just maybe, we might be able to replicate the workings of genius in our own work. So why do great writers write?” – Maria Popova   For more, visit: http://bit.ly/JM29Mp 

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An Interview with Cassandra Clare: The Story behind the Story

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“Judith Rumelt (born July 27, 1973), better known by her pen name, Cassandra Clare is a young adult fiction, write most known for her bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments. 

Clare was born Judith Rumelt, to American parents, in Tehran (Iran). Her parents are Elizabeth and Richard Rumelt, who are a business school professor and author.” – Wikipedia   For more, visit: http://bit.ly/1akQwW0 

To watch this 5:13-minute, interview with Cassandra Clare, video, visit:  http://bit.ly/1iNWjWv

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An Interview with Erin Morgenstern on “The Night Circus”

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“Erin Morgenstern (born July 8, 1978) is an American writer and visual artist best known for writing The Night Circus.  Erin Morgenstern was raised in Marshfield, Massachusetts and studied theater and studio art at Smith College in Northhampton Massachusetts, graduating in 2000. 

In addition to writing, she paints, mostly in acrylics, including the Phantomwise tarot deck. She signed with Inkwell Management  in May 2010 after being rejected by thirty literary agents, and sold her debut novel to Doubleday in September 2010; The Night Circus was published in September 2011.”   – Wikipedia  For more, visit:  http://bit.ly/Kcik4G

To view the 5:44-minute video of Erin Morgenstern on “The Night Circus,” visit: http://bit.ly/KNSu7G

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Interview with Award-Winning Author, Lee Smith

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“Lee Smith (born on November 1, 1944) is an American fiction author who typically incorporates much of her home roots in the Southeastern United States in her works of literature. She has received many writing awards, such as the O. Henry Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Fiction, the North Carolina Award for Literature, and, in April 2013, was the first recipient of Mercer University’s Sidney Lanier Prize for Southern Literature. Her novel The Last Girls was listed on the New York Times bestseller’s list and won the Southern Book Critics Circle Award. Mrs Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger, a collection of new and selected stories was published in 2010.” – Wikipedia   For more, visit: http://bit.ly/1ko6rtm

To view the interview with Ms. Smith, visit: http://bit.ly/1cy9wQI

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Fannie Flagg, On Writing, at Brazo’s Book Store, 01/06/2011

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“Patricia Neal (born September 21, 1944), known professionally as Fannie Flagg, is an American actress, comedian and author. She is best known as a semi-regular panelist on the 1973–82 versions of the game show Match Game, and for the 1988 novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, which was adapted into the 1991 movie Fried Green Tomatoes.  Flagg was nominated for an Academy Award for the screenplay adaptation.” – Wikipedia, for more, visit:  http://bit.ly/1cu711Q

To view Ms. Flagg’s interview at Brazo’s book store, visit: http://bit.ly/1f5jFch

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A 6-Minute Interview with Kurt Vonnegut

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“Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.  November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007) was an American writer.  His works such as Cat’s Cradle 1963), Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), and Breakfast of Champions (1973) blend satire, gallows humor, and science fiction.

As a citizen he was a lifelong supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union and a critical pacifist intellectual. He was known for his humanist beliefs and was honorary president of the American Humanist Association. 

The New York Times headline at the time of Vonnegut’s passing called Vonnegut “the counterculture’s novelist.” – Wikipedia, for more, visit:  http://bit.ly/1lfEJgr

To view one of his last interviews (6 minutes) before his 2005 death, visit:  http://bit.ly/1hnVFRC

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Harper Lee’s 2006 Birmingham Acceptance Speech

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“Nelle Harper Lee (born April 28, 1926) is an American author known for her 1961 Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel  To Kill A Mockingbird which deals with issues of racism that the author observed as a child in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama. Despite being Lee’s only published book, it led to her being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contribution to literature. Lee has received numerous honorary degrees, but has always declined to make a speech.”  Wikipedia, http://bit.ly/1lzHkPG 

This 4:02-minute video is a photo montage of a day with Harper Lee in Birmingham where she was honored at a Birmingham Pledge foundation for low-income children in 2006.  Pay particular attention to 3:02 where she states that her heart was “foo full” to make her prepared speech.  Enjoy!  http://bit.ly/19HCTg8

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