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Writing Group - Book Chat

When: Feb 8, 2022
7:00 pm
Where: Brigham City Public Library
26 E Forest St
Contact: (435) 723-5850
Details:

The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr

Join the book chat and discuss a book with other local writers. A limited number of copies are available for pick-up at the front desk or at writing group meetings, 8 Feb 2022 – 10 May 2022. No library card necessary!
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Book Summary:
For thirty years Karr has also taught the form, winning teaching prizes at Syracuse. (The writing program there produced such acclaimed authors as Cheryl Strayed, Keith Gessen, and Koren Zailckas.) In The Art of Memoir, she synthesizes her expertise as professor and therapy patient, writer and spiritual seeker, recovered alcoholic and "black belt sinner," providing a unique window into the mechanics and art of the form that is as irreverent, insightful, and entertaining as her own work in the genre.

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.