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THE ART OF MEMOIR
2009
 
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BOOK TOUR
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 CAMBRIDGE, MA
Brattle Theatre @6:00pm (sponsored by Harvard Book Store) Tickets

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 NEW YORK
Barnes & Noble @7:00pm 2289 Broadway @82nd Street

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 HOUSTON
Inprint @7:30pm @Christ Church Cathedral Tickets

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 AUSTIN
BookPeople @7:00pm

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 CORTE MADERA, CA
Book Passage @7:00pm 51 Tamal Vista Blvd

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 BERKELEY
Berkeley Arts & Letters @7:30pm Tickets

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 SAN FRANCISCO
University of San Francisco Ignatian Lectures on Writing and Spirituality @7:00pm

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 LOS ANGELES
ALOUD @7:15pm Tickets

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 PORTLAND, OR
PowellÕs in conversation with Cheryl Strayed @ 7:30pm 1005 W Burnside St.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9 NEW YORK
LIVE from the New York Public Library with Mary-Louise Parker @7:00pm Tickets
 
Synopsis:
Anchored by excerpts from her favorite memoirs and anecdotes from fellow writers' experience, The Art of Memoir lays bare Karr's own process. (Plus all those inside stories about how she dealt with family and friends get told -- and the dark spaces in her own skull probed in depth.) As she breaks down the key elements of great literary memoir, she breaks open our concepts of memory and identity, and illuminates the cathartic power of reflecting on the past; anybody with an inner life or complicated history, whether writer or reader, will relate.

Joining such classics as Stephen King's On Writing and Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird, The Art of Memoir is an elegant and accessible exploration of one of today's most popular literary forms -- a tour de force from an accomplished master pulling back the curtain on her craft.
 
Praise:
"Karr is a national treasure -- that rare genius who's also a brilliant teacher. This joyful celebration of memoir packs transcendent insights with trademark hilarity. Anyone yearning to write will be inspired, and anyone passionate to live an examined life will fall in love with language and literature all over again." (George Saunders)

"Mary Karr has written another astonishingly perceptive, wildly entertaining, and profoundly honest book-funny, fascinating, necessary. The Art of Memoir will be the definitive book on reading and writing memoir for years to come." (Cheryl Strayed)

"Karr's sassy Texas wit and her down-to-earth observations about both the memoir form and how to approach it combine to make for lively and inspiring reading. A generous and singularly insightful examination of memoir." (Kirkus)

"A master class on the art of the memoir." (New York Times Book Review, Top 10 Notable Book Citation)
 
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