Posted by: lizricewrites | May 11, 2016

Breakfast [ or Lunch ] with an Author

I love studying authors. Sometimes studying and dissecting their books is a writing workshop in itself! With this in mind, I’ve started to study Jack Gantos this week. I’m reading DEAD END IN NORVELT and then I’ll read the sequel FROM NORVELT TO NOWHERE. I’ve been listening to the book on CD of that story, which is read by Jack Gants.

Sometimes I’ll have breakfast with an author – by looking them up at this website

The Library of Congress National Book Festival. It’s held every September in Washington D.C.

It’s inspiring and validating in some ways to listen to the authors talk about their struggles or their writing process what inspired them to write the books they’ve written.

Who are some of your favorite authors to study?

Check out Jack Gantos on these interviews and talks—

There are 3 videos of him speaking at the National Book Festival – in 2005, 2011, and 2014.

At this site below you can download the interview with Jack Gantos and also read a short excerpt of From Norvelt to Nowhere

A video interview with Jack Gantos

Have you read any books by Jack Gantos?

How do you study an author?



  1. I knew nothing of Jack Gantos. Now, thanks to you I know enough to find out more about him.

  2. Liz, I love your “having breakfast with an author” by looking at their website!

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