How do the intimate lives of writers enter into their creative work? How does fiction grow from a set of facts? How does biography reveal the links that hold a lifetime of creative expression together? As we motor toward “Writers on Writers,” these are our questions. In answer, here are a few fresh-caught pieces from around the web:
• Colm Tóibín’s essay in the New York Times, ‘What is Real is Imagined’, explores the imagination’s role in bringing history to life. Toíbín’s latest book is New Ways to Kill Your Mother: Writers and Their Families.
• Flannery O’Connor, Cartoonist. The New York Review of Books offers a look at the forthcoming edition of the great writer’s little-known linoleum cuts. O’Connor biographer Brad Gooch (Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor) and O’Connor fictionalizer Ann Napolitano (A Good Hard Look) are among those joining us in January.
• As fresh now as it was then: William Styron’s classic interview with the Paris Review. Joining us in January is Styron’s daughter, Alexandra Styron, author of the memoir Reading My Father.