The Story I Want to Tell: Explorations in the Art of Writing
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About the Author
JONATHAN LETHEM is the author of several novels, including Motherless Brooklyn; The Fortress of Solitude;Gun, with Occasional Music; and Dissident Gardens.
DAVE EGGERS is the editor of McSweeney's and a cofounder of 826 National, a network of nonprofit writing and tutoring centers for youth, located in seven cities across the United States. He is the author of four books, including What Is the What and How We Are Hungry.
Connecting with a young fellow writer made me obey the single most important rule of creativity: always begin again.--Jaed Coffin
I've had such joy working with The Telling Room--they are such a wonderful resource for talented young readers and writers from all over the world. It was a delight to be part of this project.--Elizabeth Gilbert
The Story I Want to Tell is a powerful and riveting anthology. The student stories and poems--some by young immigrants from places as diverse and far away as Iraq and Sudan, and others by kids from around the block--are intensely moving, original, and beautiful, and they all share a raw urgency whose power is augmented by the apt, personal, sensitive responses of the older, more acclaimed writers they're paired with. These twinnings of younger and older writers, a call and response, accrue a mesmerizing storytelling rhythm that made me wish the book were twice as long.--Kate Christensen, author, The Epicure's Lament and The Great Man (PEN/Faulkner Award)