Jane Eaton Hamilton

"At the bottom of the box is hope." – Ellis Avery.

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How to Support Your Writer Friend

The care and feeding of the special writer in your life? Is it awkward when they publish a book? What if you haven’t bought it? What if you haven’t read it? Are there expected practices you are violating? You know they suffered getting the thing to press–weren’t they crying on your shoulder a year ago and saying they’d never finish?–and for sure you want to be supportive, but, really, how? What would help?

Here are some tips from Leslie Pietrzyk:

How to Support Your Writer Friend by Leslie Pietrzyk

Sarah van Arsdale is a straight writer. Or a lesbian writer. Or a bisexual writer.

typewriterJEH

Over at Guernica, Sarah van Arsdale explores her writing career through the lens of her sexual orientation.

I Was a Lesbian Writer

Here’s Sarah van Arsdale’s article from this January about literature and keeping oneself to the work and jealousy. Highly recommended; in fact, this may be the best article I’ve read about how a friend’s success affects those of us still deep in the trenches.

My Famous Friend, Bookslut

Mavis Gallant–the journals

Once I was at Banff Writing Studios at the Banff Centre, and Mavis Gallant was a visiting author.  Speaking to one young author she said, “I’m Mavis Gallant,” and he answered, “How lucky for you.”  Now how lucky for us–her journals are to be published.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/gallants-private-journals-to-be-published-in-canada-us/article4375337/

Too Young Boys

Here is a recording done by Julie Wilson from Book Madam of me reading my short fiction piece, “Too Young Boys” from my collection “July Nights and Other Stories.” Recorded in Toronto, 2011.

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