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David Grann Shares Writing Advice

In this encore edition of the Morning Media Menu, we spoke with New Yorker staff writer and The Lost City of Z author David Grann.

Author bios on glossy book jackets give the illusion that a writer climbed to the top of the literary profession in heroic, purpose-filled strides. Grann turned that creation myth upside down in an interview.

Press play below to listen on SoundCloud. In this 2010 interview, Grann discussed The Devil and Sherlock Holmes, and shared tips for aspiring long-form journalists–explaining how he ended up at one of America’s greatest magazines after years of work.

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NYPL’s Dorothy & Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars & Writers Picks 2013-2014 Fellows

The New York Public Library’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers has picked 15 writers and journalists as its annual fellows.

Selected from a pool of 313 applicants, this is the 15th class of fellows for the center. These writers will get a stipend, a private office in the Cullman Center and support from the library staff.

With a diverse array of people originally from Nigeria, Turkey, England, Argentina, and Serbia, the class of 2013 includes: The fiction writers Tea Obreht, Rajesh Parameswaran, Paul La Farge, and Uwem Akpan. The historians Linda Colley and Anthony Grafton. The journalists Arthur Lubow, Elizabeth Rubin, Elif Batuman, and David Grann.

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2010 Indies Choice Book Awards Winners

dgrann.jpgHonoring “the spirit of independent bookstores nationwide,” the American Booksellers Association (ABA) revealed the winners of the 2010 Indies Choice Book Awards. New Yorker staff writer David Grann (pictured, via) won the nonfiction award.

The rest of the 2010 Book of the Year winners were:
Adult Fiction: Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese (Knopf)
Adult Debut: The Help, by Kathryn Stockett (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam)
Young Adult: Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)
Middle Reader: When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead (Wendy Lamb Books)
New Picture Book: The Lion and the Mouse, by Jerry Pinkney (Little, Brown)

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Author David Grann on His “Circuitous Path” to the New Yorker

dgrann.jpgAuthor bios on glossy book jackets give the illusion that a writer climbed to the top of the literary profession in heroic, purpose-filled strides. One New Yorker staff writer turned that creation myth upside down in an interview.

Today’s guest on the Morning Media Menu was David Grann, a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine and the author of and The Lost City of Z. Grann discussed his newest book, The Devil and Sherlock Holmes, and shared tips for aspiring long-form journalists–explaining how he ended up at one of America’s greatest magazines after years of work.

Press play on the embedded player below to listen.

Here’s an excerpt: “It was a very circuitous path. It was not very linear–I floundered about for many years. I had many different careers early on. I knew I wanted to be a writer. But, like so many people, I didn’t know how to be one–other than just do it. I didn’t know what form it would take.”

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