Today was supposed to be a “Focus Friday” post profiling writer Ann Patchett. I’ve just started to read my way through her work, but I’m already a fan. I recently finished her wonderful book on writing, The Getaway Car, which reminded me of another excellent book on the writing life, Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird. Both books have a “deeply satisfying conversation with a good friend” quality. I found an interesting (if a touch slow) video interview between the two women (see below), which led me to other writer interviews and panel discussions.
Which leads me to today’s post: a collection of interviews, panels, and talks that I found worth a look. This certainly isn’t a complete list (feel free to recommend your favorites, too), but for me, they were all time well spent.
George R.R. Martin, Diana Gabaldon on ‘Rulers of the Realm’ Panel (Running time 52.59)
Ian McEwan’s Advice for Aspiring Writers: (Running time 3:23 — short and sweet)
Stephen King Speaks: (It’s long at 53:04 minutes, but if you loved his writing book (On Writing), you’ll enjoy hearing him speak).
Salon – Anne Lamott in Conversation with Ann Patchett (Running Time: 1:00)
Once published (and yes, we all will be published), who (a writer, please) would you choose to conduct your first interview? Who (a writer, please) would you love to interview?