Carole

Burns

Off the Page: Writers Talk About Beginnings, Endings, and Everything in Between

 

Anyone who thinks all writers dip from the same stewpot should read Carole Burns' Off the Page... That writers

don't agree about everything will come as no surprise. That they disagree so fundamentally is oddly reassuring. - C. Michael Curtis, The Atlantic Monthly

 

Writer Carole Burns has put together an insightful, entertaining book about writing and the writing life, featuring forty-three of our foremost contemporary authors. Reading Off the Page can feel like being at a dinner party with a Pulitzer Prize winner on one side and your favorite detective writer on the other as the third bottle of wine is being opened and everyone is beginning to relax.

 

In interviews on washingtonpost.com, Burns has gotten to the heart of writing by asking questions such as: Can good sex be written? Martis Amis doesn't think so. Are characters based on people the authors know? Richard Ford says no; Russell Banks says sometimes. Did you ever have doubts about your writing? Absolutely, says Michael Cunningham.

 

These and other authors -- including Edward P. Jones, Jhumpa Lahiri, Anthony Doerr, Marisha Pessl, Walter Mosley, Margot Livesey, and Alice McDermott -- talk honestly and forthrightly about the art of fiction.

 

Reviewed or featured in The Chicago Tribune, the BBC, National Public Radio, Irish Public Radio, the Washington Post and O: The Oprah Magazine.


"Richard Ford, Colm Tóibín and Joyce Carol Oates are among those interviewed by Carole Burns in Off the Page , in skilfully edited extracts that cover ‘beginning and endings and everything in between’..."  Aifric Campbell, The Irish Times, Memorable Reads from a Good Vintage 2008

“… well turned and illuminating."  The Daily Telegraph

"As a manual on how to write fiction, Off the Page is pretty excellent—and it comes pretty much from the horse’s (or rather, horses’) mouth." www.compulsivereader.com

 

Contributing Writers

 

MARTIN AMIS

November 2003 Transcript

 

MARIE ARANA

October 2006 Transcript

 

PAUL AUSTER

December 2003 Transcript

 

DOREEN BAINGANA

February 2005 Transcript.

 

RUSSELL BANKS

December 2004 Transcript

 

RICHARD BAUSCH

November 2003 Transcript

 

CHARLES BAXTER

October 2003 Transcript

 

A. S. BYATT

April 2004 Transcript

 

DAN CHAON

July 2004 Transcript

 

MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM

January 2004 Transcript

 

JOHN DALTON

May 2004 Transcript

 

E.L. DOCTOROW

May 2004 Transcript

 

ANTHONY DOERR

Oct. 2004 Transcript

 

STUART DYBEK

March 2004 Transcript

 

RICHARD FORD

December 2006 Transcript

 

TOD GOLDBERG

November 2005 Transcript

 

ELIZABETH GRAVER

April 2004 Transcript

 

SHIRLEY HAZZARD

January 2004 Transcript

 

PAM HOUSTON

November 2005 Transcript

 

MAUREEN HOWARD

September 2004 Transcript

 

FRANCES ITANI

February 2004 Transcript

 

GISH JEN

September 2004 Transcript

 

 

EDWARD P. JONES

October 2003 Transcript

 

JHUMPA LAHIRI

October 2003 Transcript

 

ANDREA LEVY

June 2004 Transcript

 

MARGOT LIVESEY

December 2004 Transcript

 

ALICE McDERMOTT

October 2003 Transcript

 

JOHN McNALLY

March 2004 Transcript

 

WALTER MOSLEY

January 2004 Transcript (not available)

 

THISBE NISSEN

August 2004 Transcript

 

JOYCE CAROL OATES

October 2003 Transcript

May 2006 Transcript

 

CAROLYN PARKHURST

(November 2003 Transcript not available).

 

TIM PARKS

December 2003 Transcript

 

MARISHA PESSL

October 2006 Transcript

 

JOANNA SCOTT

March 2004 Transcript

 

JOAN SILBER

November 2004 Transcript

 

ALISON SMITH

(February 2004 Transcript not available).

 

ART SPIEGELMAN

Oct. 2004 Transcript

 

HANNAH TINTI

May 2004 Transcript

 

COLM TÓIBÍN

July 2004 Transcript

 

CLAIRE TRISTAM

May 2004 Transcript

 

TOBIAS WOLFF

December 2003 Transcript

 

MARY KAY ZURAVLEFF

May 2004 Transcript