Non­fic­tion: Ob­ses­sion, Col­lect­ing, Mem­ory

Poets and Writers - - The Literary Life -

In The Li­brary Book, pub­lished by Simon & Schus­ter in Oc­to­ber, Su­san Or­lean’s life­long love of read­ing and books pro­pels her to­ward an ex­plo­ration of a mys­te­ri­ous li­brary fire and the his­tory and evo­lu­tion of li­braries, as well as the per­sonal sto­ries of li­brar­i­ans. In the process of turn­ing an eye to­ward one spe­cific sub­ject, Or­lean delves into larger themes of ob­ses­sion, col­lect­ing, and mem­ory as they per­tain to uni­ver­sal hu­man ten­den­cies and to her own life. Think of a broad sub­ject of par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est to you and write a per­sonal es­say about it that in­cor­po­rates dif­fer­ent types of non­fic­tion, in­clud­ing el­e­ments of mem­oiris­tic writ­ing, his­tor­i­cal re­search, in­ter­views, and pri­mary-source doc­u­ments. Ex­am­ine the ways in which the for­ma­tion and col­lec­tion of your own mem­o­ries joins with other voices and sto­ries to cre­ate a cho­rus.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.