Why We Write
Thursday February 21, 2013
To celebrate the publication of WHY WE WRITE: 20 Acclaimed Authors On How and Why They Do What They Do we hosted a panel with contributors James Frey, Kathryn Harrison, and editor Meredith Maran.
About the book:
Any writer, aspiring or established, knows how difficult the creative process can be. There are more than one million manuscripts currently is search of a publisher and only one percent of those will get a nod, and of the books that actually get published, only thirty percent turn a profit. With occupational hazards like self-doubt, writer’s block, countless rejections, minimal pay for maximum effort, and bad reviews what keeps writers tapping away at their keyboards?
James Frey is from Cleveland. He has written four books. His work is published in 41 languages and 110 countries.
Kathryn Harrison has written the novels Thicker Than Water, Exposure, Poison, The Binding Chair, The Seal Wife, and Envy. Her autobiographical work includes The Kiss, Seeking Rapture, The Road to Santiago, and The Mother Knot. She has also written a biography, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, and, most recently, a book of true crime, While They Slept: An Inquiry into the Murder of a Family. She lives in New York with her husband, the novelist Colin Harrison, and their three children.
Meredith Maran is the author of nine nonfiction books and the acclaimed novel A Theory of Small Earthquakes. She’s been writer-in-residence at UCLA and the Mabel Dodge Luhan House, and a fellow at Yaddo and MacDowell, among other artist colonies. Her writing appears regularly in the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle and People.