Harriet Doerr, whose Stones for Ibarra, on the best seller lists for months this year, was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Fiction Award and the National Book Award for a first novel. With her first book published when she was 73, Mrs. Doerr provides a sparkling example to those faced with the challenge of crossing new borders.
Bernice Kert’s fascinating book, The Hemingway Women, is about Ernest Hemingway’s relationships with his mother, his four wives, and other women important to his life. Ten years in the researching and writing, this is Mrs. Kert’s first published book, and the welcome given it by critics and public alike has enabled her to know the joys of “sweet success at sixty.”
Tillie Olsen, whose profound writing has earned her national literary awards and lectureships at leading universities, is said to have contributed a new form to American fiction with her classic Tell Me a Riddle. Her non-fiction work, Silences, inspired by a life of work and poverty, confronts the crucial relationships between circumstances and creativity. Yonnondio: From the Thirties was begun during the Great Depression, but not published until 1974.Visit Tillie Olsen’s website ›
Diane Thomas….The success of Romancing the Stone turned this 33-year-old Long Beach screenwriter into Hollywood’s Cinderella of 1984. “Hollywood loves an overnight success, ” says Ms. Thomas, “but, as everyone knows, it’s never overnight.”
Helena Maria Viramontes, another prizewinner, brings a unique insight into Chicano Literature. Born in East Los Angeles, a lecturer and short story writer, her first book, The Moths and Other Stories, will be out this Spring.
Marilyn Yalom of Stanford’s Center for Research on Women, edited Women Writers of the West Coast, public dialogues and candid discussion of ten writers sharing “rare fragments of their life stories as well as insights into their writing techniques.” Dr. Yalom is also the author of Maternity, Morality and the Literature of Madness.