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Monday, November 17, 2008

Marion Winik Talks About the Dead

The Baltimore Chapter of the Maryland Writers’ Association presents author Marion Winik giving a special talk, "The Making of The Glen Rock Book of the Dead." The event takes place Monday, November 24 at 7:00 p.m., at Ukazoo Books, 730 Dulaney Valley Road, in Towson. It is free for MWA members and first-time visitors, and $5 for returning guests.

Winik will talk about how she came up with and refined the idea for her unusual new work of creative non-fiction, which is a collection of 51 very brief portraits of people she has known who have died. Winik finds that inventing definite structures for her essays and memoirs (perhaps analogous to poetic forms) has been incredibly useful, and she will share lists of ideas and sources of inspiration for writers who want to try this in their own work. She will also read briefly from the book.

Marion Winik is the author of eight books of creative nonfiction and poetry, most recently The Glen Rock Book of the Dead (Counterpoint, 11/2008). Her other works include Telling (Random House, 1994), a best-selling collection of personal essays; First Comes Love (Random House, 1996), a memoir now in development for motion-picture release; The Lunch-Box Chronicles(Random House, 1998); Rules for the Unruly (Simon and Schuster, 2001) and Above Us Only Sky (Seal Press, 2005). She is also the author of two books of poetry. Her essays and articles have been published in The New York Times Magazine, O, Salon, Real Simple, and The Los Angeles Times, among others. Her commentaries have been heard on All Things Considered since 1991, and are collected on the NPR website.

She was the 2008 "My Life As A Mom" columnist for Ladies Home Journal, and continues in 2009 as that publication's "Advice Lady." Currently teaching writing at the University of Baltimore, Winik was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Creative Non-Fiction and has been inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters. She has appeared on the Today Show, Politically Incorrect and Oprah.

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