Category: The Writing Life

Ann Patchett: One of Time’s Most Influential People in the World

Ann Patchett has a magic touch. Every book she writes wins an award. After winning a residential fellowship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, she wrote her first novel, The Patron Saint of Liars, which was named

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Gail Sheehy: Redefining “Passages”

I’ve often wondered if Gail Sheehy had any idea of what she started when she wrote her revolutionary book—Passages. Could she have imagined that it would change the way millions of women and men around the world would look at

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Maya Angelou: Author, Actress, Activist

It is hard to know what to mention first in describing Maya Angelou—her poetry, her autobiographies, her prominence in literary history, or her unforgettable voice. Angelou was a uniquely American author, actress, screenwriter, dancer, poet, and civil rights activist. Her 1969

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Linda Ellerbee: A Journalist Who’s Done It All

Linda Ellerbee’s career is a journalist’s dream. She has been a TV news correspondent, an anchor, a reporter; a producer, a disk jockey, a program director, a commentator, and an author. She co-anchored “NBC News Overnight” (a program that aired

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 Margaret Atwood: Designer of Dystopian Worlds

Margaret Atwood is the most prolific writer I can think of. In researching her books for this blog post I came up with one hundred twelve books in various languages. One hundred twelve books are a lot of books for one author,

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