Thursday, August 16, 2012

Five top books on the writing life

Thomas H. Cook is the author of over two dozen novels. He has been nominated for the Edgar Award seven times in five different categories. He is the recipient of the Edgar Award for Best Novel for The Chatham School Affair and the Barry Award for Best Novel for Red Leaves, among other awards. His new novel is The Crime of Julian Wells.

One of Cook's five must reads on the writing life, as told to The Daily Beast:
A Box of Matches
by Nicholson Baker

In my view, writing is first of all observation, and this small but deeply instructive book is devoted to the closest of observations, literally the space that can be illuminated by a single match. But be warned, the action here is mostly in the eyes of the beholder.
Read about another book on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue