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Kim Edwards  

Author of The New York Times Bestselling Novel "The Memory Keeper's Daughter"

Kim Edwards’ "The Memory Keeper’s Daughter" was published in paperback in the summer of 2006 and within just weeks simultaneously reached the #1 spot on The New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Book Sense bestseller lists. Over one year later, the title continues its reign as a must-read across the nation and a top fixture on The New York Times paperback fiction list. The Lake of Dreams, her highly anticipated second novel, is now available from Penguin.

Kim Edwards has won numerous awards, including a Whiting Award and the Nelson Algren Award and most recently the Kentucky Literary Award for fiction. She is the author of a collection of short stories, The Secrets of a Fire King, which was an alternate for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her stories and essays have appeared in Ploughshares, Zoetrope, Anteaus, Story, and the Paris Review and have received a National Magazine Award for excellence in fiction and a Pushcart Prize. "The Memory Keeper’s Daughter" her first novel, was chosen as a Barnes and Noble Discover title and won the British Book Award. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she currently teaches writing at the University of Kentucky. She lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband and daughters.


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Invention and Intention: The Intuitive and the Analytical in the Art of Writing

Invention and Intention: The Intuitive and the Analytical in the Art of Writing In this talk, Kim will explore perspectives on the creative process, looking at the ways in which a wide and disparate array of writers have understood the genesis and growth of their work. In particular Kim will discuss examples from her own writing, both her stories and her novel; she will focus on the interplay between the intuitive discovering of a book (invention) and the analytical shaping of it (intention). In this talk, Kim will refer to several of her stories, as well as to The Memory Keeper’s Daughter.

When Art Meets Life

Several of Kim’s stories, as well as her novel, grew from the ways in which particular characters intersected with the social and political realities of their times. In this talk, Kim will consider the ways in which contemporary or historical events can inspire fictional accounts, the challenges involved in researching and writing such stories, and the successful weave of fact and fiction. Specifically Kim will look at “A Gleaming in the Darkness,” “The Story of My Life,” and The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, reading from those works and discussing how they came to be.


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