Issue of May 22, 2011

I am proud of all our issues because each one contains some of the best writing around. Regardless of whether it is an interview, a profile, a review, or an essay, BiblioBuffet’s writers tackle their subjects with passion, pride, and always with an eye toward producing writing worth reading. Because you, the reader, deserve only the best.

A life well lived does not always make for a life well written about, especially if the subject is also the author. Pete Croatto began the memoir of a man whose life should have made for reading as fascinating for readers as it was for him, but, alas, was not. The reasons why will be found in A Life Well Lived—and Poorly Told.

How do biographers make subject choices? Carl Rollyson, biographer of people as diverse as Marilyn Monroe and Thurgood Marshall, talks about the “inner dynamic” that leads him to choose subjects who are cynosures, people who “wanted the world’s attention” and got it in Clearing the Bar.

“I wanted to interview three fantasy authors who publish with the same publisher but live on different continents, just to see what would happen,” Gillian Polack says as she begins her fascinating interview that explores their work, their personal lives, and their reading to discover what influences their books. in Solaris’ Fantasy: Daniells, McKenna and Maxey.

The first holiday weekend of the summer is approaching, and with it her annual Great Memorial Weekend Read. Lauren Roberts shares some thoughts on remembering the day itself and her plans for the entire weekend—books and all in The Great Memorial Weekend Read.


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