Joe Muscolino, head staffer at Penguin Random House’s Biographile, recommends these five pieces for Book Country writers.
Here, as part of our month-long “Good Prose Month” series, the Copy Chief of Random House provides a fascinating collection of obscure and playful writing distinctions, from A(ntiques) to X(-ray).
As part of our “Biographies We Need” series, Jennie Yabroff touches upon Tobias Wolff’s storied life and reflects on how influential his work has been in shaping subsequent generations of memoir writers.
Here, novelist Andrew Lewis Conn discusses the merits of historical fiction and emphasizes the importance of having “skin in the game,” regardless of the genre you write in.
In her piece tied to the 2013 Boston Book Fair, Joanna Scutts pulls together a handy list of the best memoirs and meditations on the writing life, from inspiration to publication.
Professor Rita Jacobs contributed a series of articles to Biographile called “From Journal to Memoir,” helping writers learn how to move beyond the memoirist’s stage fright, tackle issues of “truth,” the beauty of memory, the arc of narrative, and much more.
About Joe Muscolino
Joe Muscolino spends half his time buried inside a book, the other half digging himself out. Narrative nonfiction is his bread and butter, and his reading sessions are empty without an open mind, a tumbler of whiskey, and a few healthy opinions. He works at Penguin Random House. Follow Biographile on Twitter and Facebook.