The very witty Fran Lebowitz joins this morning to talk about her stop at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, MA on August 9th, her love of public speaking, and dread of writing.

Lebowitz is the author of two classic books of essays, Metropolitan Life and Social Studies and she was the subject of the documentary film, Public Speaking, directed by Martin Scorsese.

    How to Write Anything: A Complete Guide is a practical resource for everything you’ll ever have to write–at work, at school, and in your personal life. The book contains over 200 entries covering the most common writing tasks you’ll encounter. Each entry includes model outlines, annotated examples, and dos-and-don’ts.


  George Saunders’ Tenth of December was named one of the best books of last year by The New York Times Magazine, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, New York, Kirkus Reviews, BookPage, Shelf Awareness, and People. It was a National Book Award finalist and won the Folio prize.

The collection of short stories scriven in Saunder’s signature sportive and startling style is now available in paperback.

  Our interview with Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd originally aired on The Book Show. It is online here

  If you are interested in telling your own story and writing anything from a blog to a memoir – listen up. Writer Marion Roach Smith is here to help. Her bestselling book, The Memoir Project, is a guidebook for anyone telling his or her own story.

Marion Roach Smith has taught a sold-out class called "Writing What You Know" since 1998. She is the author of The Roots of Desire: The Myth, Meaning and Sexual Power of Red Hair; co-author with Michael Baden, M.D., of Dead Reckoning; and author of Another Name for Madness.

Marion has been a commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered, and for six years had weekly spots on Martha Stewart Living Radio.

Listener Essay - The Retreat

May 23, 2013

   Dan New is a combat Vietnam Veteran and an artist who loves to write and photograph as expression of his life.

    Cheryl Strayed is the author of #1 New York Times bestseller Wild, her essay collection, Tiny Beautiful Things, and the novel Torch.

Wild was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah's Book Club 2.0. It tells Cheryl’s story of hitting the Pacific Crest Trail at age 22, following the death of her mother.

    For this Woodstock Writer's Festival panel, four of the best writers for late night television come to Woodstock to share the mirth. Panelists include the legendary Bill Scheft (The Late Show with David Letterman), Jess Dweck (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon), and Meredith Scardino (The Colbert Report). Moderated by J.R. Havlan, (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart).

The panel will be a live taping of J.R.'s podcast, Writer's Bloc - he joins us for a preview.

    Natalie Goldberg, teacher and author of Writing Down the Bones, joins us to talk about her new book: The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language.

She offers writing guidance learned from years of teaching and practice in the second part of the hour.

    In 1973 in the offices of The Atlantic Monthly in Boston, a young freelance writer named Tracy Kidder came looking for an assignment. Richard Todd was the editor that encouraged him.

After much success they have written the new book, Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction, which explores three major non-fiction forms: narratives, essays, and memoirs.