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Julia Glass exposes truth about fiction at National Book Festival
National Book Award winning author Julia Glass, appearing at the 2006 National Book Festival, declared that she was 'on a mission' to expose the truth about fiction--that fiction and poetry is not the opposite of non-fiction. Rather, Glass pointed out, fiction is the telling of truth about who we are, not with facts and figures, but with make-believe and imagination. Using her award-winning first novel Three Junes (Random House hardcover, 2002; Arrow paperback, 2003) as an example, Glass reminded the audience of the power of fiction to move readers to remember our emotional ties that shape our lives as we go about our busy days. Reflecting on her new novel The Whole World Over (Pantheon hardcover, 2006), just released in paperback (Anchor; June, 2007) in time for summer beach reading, Glass described how we see ourselves more objectively in fiction--the clothes we wear, the environment we live in, our attitudes and quirks. Closing her prepared remarks, Glass paid tribute to the Arabian Nights tale of Sheherazade as her favorite story of all-time and read from 16th Century poet Sir Philip Sidney's The Politics of Poetry on the relationship between poetry and nature. Taking questions from the audience, Glass announced her plan to write a book of short stories; described how Fenno McCloud from Three Junes became a character in The Whole World Over; pointed to an essay she wrote as her best writing; and compared her non-linear writing style, using flashbacks and interior digressions, to psychotherapy.

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Jodi Picoult worries, researches and then writes her bestsellers: Jodi Picoult shows why she has become one of America's bestselling authors in an entertaining evening with fellow New Hampshire author and raconteur Rebecca Rule

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