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July 15th, 2009 • Posted in Authors and Books

St. Martins, New Brunswick Booktown: The Real Thing

Image from here.

Received a hottish email from Jacqueline Bartlett of the St. Martins Booktown Initiative informing me that her Shipbuilding and Fishing village’s claim to bookishness is anything but bogus. I’d googled her town yesterday and come up blank on the book front.


"We are new," she informed me, "and working out the kinks of our Booktown – thought you might have checked for a website before making a statement like that on a blog!!! We had realized that we were not listed on the Village web site and are working to correct that. We are a small Village of 300 people, and sometimes things take a little longer to get done but we are working on it.We are certainly NOT bogus, and are working  very hard to make our booktown viable, and comments such as this do not help us! A correction and a link to our website would be appreciated – Thanks."
So. Please visit St. Martins Booktown website here, and if you’re in the vicinity, consider driving on over during Book Fair Week July 18-25, because ‘Where else could you browse books while you visit with a new born foal, watch an artist at work or enjoy Maritimes Home Cooking’
July 15th, 2009 • Posted in Authors and Books

Audio Interview with Donald Antrim, on Workshops: Fiction and Memoir: “Writing Ourselves”

This past Spring at the Blue Met Writers Festival, Donald Antrim conducted a workshop entitled: Fiction and Memoir: "Writing Ourselves" It was designed to explore the ‘challenging and often frustrating process of reading into one’s own work;’ and to identify aspects of that work which may have been underdeveloped, unnoticed, or even, avoided. As the syllabus put it:

"Fiction and memoir are not, as a rule, brought together in workshops. And yet many of the concerns that are most important to all of us—the technical production of form; the experience of psychological drive within the narrative; and the tangible-seeming, built-from-scratch, moral or immoral world our characters inhabit—are experienced by writers of fiction and memoir. Whatever we write, we may all have cause to wonder about the overt and the embedded evidence of our own experiences, even in works in which autobiographical material is scrupulously occluded. Perhaps, in opening the class to writers of non-fiction and fiction, there will be a fruitful exchange."

Donald Antrim is the author of three novels, Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World: A Novel, The Hundred Brothers and The Verificationist: A Novel. His latest publication is The Afterlife (2006). He lives in Brooklyn, New York. We talked about workshops in general, and what happened in Montreal specifically. Please listen (may have to crank it a bit) here: