Joan Frank - Because You Have To: A Writing Life
Part memoir, part handbook, part survey of the contemporary literary scene, Because You Have To: A Writing Life ($18.90) is a collection of essays that, taken together, provide a walking tour of the writing life.
Original, witty, and practical, Because You Have To ably steers us through the journey of Joan Frank's own life as a writer, as well as through the careers and work of other writers. Subjects range from the “boot camp” conditioning of marketing work to squaring off with rejection and envy; from sustaining belief in art’s necessity to the baffling subjectivity of literary perception—and the magical books that nourish writers.
Joan Frank is the author of five books of fiction. Her story collection In Envy Country (University of Notre Dame Press, 2010) won the Richard Sullivan Prize in Fiction and ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award for Short Stories, and was a finalist for the California Book Award. Joan is a MacDowell Colony Fellow, Pushcart Prize nominee, winner of the Dana Award, Michigan Literary Fiction Award, Iowa Writing Award, and Emrys Fiction Award, and recipient of grants from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, Barbara Deming Fund, and Sonoma Arts Council. She lives in northern California.
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