Book Review: In Sunlight or In Shadow

Book Review: In Sunlight or In Shadow

Writing Inspired by Edward Hopper By DeWitt Henry, Literary Bookmarks Editor IN SUNLIGHT OR IN SHADOW: STORIES INSPIRED BY THE PAINTINGS OF EDWARD HOPPER, ed Lawrence Block (Pegasus, 2016). 288pp. $19.70.  Mystery writer Lawrence Block had an idea. He had always loved Edward Hopper’s paintings. Why not solicit other popular writers to choose a Hopper painting…

Review: Annie Dillard’s Living By Fiction

Review: Annie Dillard’s Living By Fiction

Traditional vs. Modernist approaches, Fine vs. Plain prose styles By Richard Gilbert, Contributing Editor LIVING BY FICTION by Annie Dillard. Harper Perennial. 192 pages. The cultural assumption is that the novel is the proper home of significance and that nonfiction is mere journalism. This is interesting because it means that in two centuries our assumptions have…

Latest Read: Handling the Truth by Beth Kephart

Latest Read: Handling the Truth by Beth Kephart

The Medium and its Messenger by Richard Gilbert Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir by Beth Kephart. Gotham Books, 254 pp. Here’s three good reasons to read Beth Kephart’s book on writing memoir: her lapidary prose; her vision of memoir as an instrument of inquiry and transcendence; and her superb annotated list of recommended…

Review: Dani Shapiro's Still Writing

Review: Dani Shapiro's Still Writing

Memoir: the Personal vs. the Universal By Contributing Editor Richard Gilbert  “Demons haunt your pages because they already exist.”—Dani Shapiro “Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still.”—Henry David Thoreau Neat sentiment, Henry David, and it seems apt for writer Dani Shapiro, who has…

Fine Arts and the Literary

Fine Arts and the Literary

Fine Arts and Literary Book The Woven Tale Press Selected Works  By Editor-in-Chief Sandra Tyler [dropcap]T[/dropcap]he idea for a selected works was generated last year, when we were collaborating with a gallery featuring Woven Tale Press artists. The intent of the book was similar to that of the exhibition: to present the diversity of fine arts and literary…