Friday, May 08, 2009

Taking the scenic route

If you like author interviews (as I do), then you'll enjoy this Mark Doten interview (via Bookslut) with Binnie Kirshenbaum, talking about her latest book, The Scenic Route.

The next to last question is an interesting one, about the pigeonholing of authors (particularly female authors). Kirshenbaum's honest response, particularly related to the difficulty that authors have in getting their books into the hands of people that would most appreciate reading them, highlights an issue that most writers face--all but the handful of matinee, best-selling types--the ones that non-writers assume are the norm, which then perpetuates the false romanticism about writing.

BTW, Kirshenbaum is also the chair of Columbia's Creative Writing program.

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