Thursday October 24, 2013
"Everything I know about life, I learned from the daily practice of sitting down to write.” -- From Dani Shapiro's new book, Still Writing.
Shapiro joined authors Adam Wilson and Darin Strauss in a panel discussion inspired by her new book.
About Still Writing
From the best-selling author of Devotion and Slow Motion comes a witty, heartfelt, and practical look at the exhilarating and challenging process of storytelling. At once a memoir, meditation on the artistic process, and advice on craft, Still Writing is an intimate and eloquent companion to living a creative life.
Through a blend of deeply personal stories about what formed her as a writer, tales from other authors, and a searching look at her own creative process, Shapiro offers her gift to writers everywhere: an elegant guide of hard-won wisdom and encouragement for staying the course. “The writer’s life requires courage, patience, empathy, openness. It requires the ability to be alone with oneself. Gentle with oneself. To be disciplined, and at the same time, take risks.” Writers—and anyone with an artistic temperament—will find inspiration and comfort in these pages. Offering lessons learned over twenty years of teaching and writing, Shapiro uses her own revealing insights to craft an indispensable almanac for modern writers.
Like Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird, Virginia Woolf’s A Writer’s Diary, and Stephen King’s On Writing, Dani Shapiro’s Still Writing is a lodestar for aspiring scribes and an eloquent memoir of the writing life.
Dani Shapiro is the bestselling author of the memoirs Devotion and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, One Story, Ploughshares, Vogue, Tin House and other publications. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review. She's taught in the writing programs at Columbia, NYU, The New School, Wesleyan, and Brooklyn College.
Adam Wilson is the author of the novel Flatscreen, a National Jewish Book Award finalist, and the forthcoming collection of short stories What's Important is Feeling. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, The New York Times, Tin House, Bookforum and The Best American Short Stories, among many other publications. In 2012, he received The Terry Southern Prize which recognizes, “wit, panache, and sprezzatura” in work published by The Paris Review. He teaches creative writing at NYU and Columbia and lives in Brooklyn.
Darin Strauss is the author of the bestselling novels Chang & Eng, The Real McCoy, More Than It Hurts You and most recently the NBCC-winning memoir Half a Life. These have been New York Times Notable Books, and Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, and NPR Best Books of the Year.
The recipient of numerous awards that include a Guggenheim Fellowship, The National Book Critics Circle Award, and various other honors, Strauss has been translated into fourteen languages and published in nineteen countries. He has recently been named an Opinion Columnist at Al-Jazeera America, and is the Clinical Associate Professor of Fiction at NYU's Creative Writing Program.