Jane Smiley

Saturday, December 12th
7:00est/4:00pst

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Jane Smiley’s latest novel, Perestroika in Paris, is a captivating, brilliantly imaginative story of three extraordinary animals – and a young boy – whose lives intersect in Paris. 

Jane is the author of numerous novels, including A Thousand Acres, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, and more recently, the New York Times best-selling Last Hundred Years Trilogy: Some Luck, Early Warning, and Golden Age. She is also the author of several works of nonfiction and books for young adults. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she has also received the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature. Jane lives in Northern California.

“Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book”

– Jane Smiley, Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel

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    What are you working on now?

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    Who are your literary inspirations? Do you have a mantra or practice that guides your writing or life?

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    What is the last thing you read that moved you to tears?

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    What’s your writing process like? I’m interested in the nitty gritty mechanics. pen/pecil/computer? Outlines? Revisions? How and how often?

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    Did the experience of winning the Pulitzer Prize have any effect on your writing?

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    So curious – What made you want to read novels and distill + deconstruct the form? When did you know by reading all these novels you were embarking on a project that would lead you to “thirteen ways of looking at a novel”?

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    What is your favorite novel?

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    What is your favorite genre to write in? How do you go about breaking/molding the boundaries of what is acceptable?

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    Do you think there’s something about these times, right now, that has readers shunning realism?

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    What inspired “Perestroika in Paris”? Does inspiration come to you spontaneously or is it more structured than that?

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    Who are some of your favorite authors, whether fiction or non-fiction, and have they influenced your writing?

Jane Smiley

Saturday, December 12, 2020

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