Thursday, August 02, 2007

Booking through Thursday

Have you ever written an author a fan letter?
Did you get an answer?
Did it spark a conversation? A meeting?

I've written to a few authors, but only received three responses. Joseph Epstein, whose collection of essays, The Middle of My Tether, delighted me, sent a typed postcard thanking me for my comments. Laurie Colwin wrote a short note. And Joan Didion, to whom I sent a letter of condolence on the death of her husband, sent a personal note on her lovely blue stationery.

I've met authors, but not through letters, only at book signings: Joyce Carol Oates, Alexandra Stoddard, Dominick Dunne, Alan Dershowitz, Marvin Kitman...

(Have you read Carolyn See's Making a Literary Life? One of the suggestions she makes is to write letters to authors. I really should write one to her.)



Bridget said...

Laurie Colwin is one of my very favorites. Ever.

Alice Teh said...

Oh... you've met Joyce Carol Oates. That's nice! I've only seen her photos... :D

Happy BTT, Melanie!

Literary Feline said...

I really should write to authors more often. I keep telling myself I will and yet I rarely do.