The latest in our episodes featuring events from the Decatur Book Festival, today we’re airing Michael Martone and Beth Ann Fennelly’s panel on the essay. Martone is the author of Brooding: Arias, Choruses, Lullabies, Follies, Dirges, and a Duet, a collection of twenty-five personal essays that speak from different platforms. Martone covers a range of topics in the book: everyday objects such as keys and hats, plus concepts of time and place; the memoir; writing; the essay itself; and his friendship with the writers David Foster Wallace, Jonathan Franzen, and Kurt Vonnegut.
Fennelly’s latest book is Heating and Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs.
During the discussion, Martone reads an excerpt from his book, a rough draft of a piece that was revised and published on Nerve.com. If you’d like to read the revised copy of “Thermostat,” you can see it here.
Athenians can catch Martone at Avid Bookshop on October 26th at 6:00pm for a reading and signing. Sabrina Orah Mark, author of the just-released collection Wild Milk, will introduce. Details on Avid’s website here or our Facebook page here.
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