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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Engaging with the world around us

“As a writer and as a reader, I really believe in the power of narrative to allow us ways to experience life beyond our own; ways to reflect on things that have happened to us and a chance to engage with the world in ways that transcend time and gender and all sorts of things.” – Kim Edwards

Born in Texas in May 1958, Edwards is the author of The Memory Keeper's Daughter, now translated into 38 languages, and the bestselling The Lake of Dreams.  She also authored a collection of short stories, The Secrets of a Fire King.  Her writing honors include the Whiting Award, the British Book Award, and USA Today's 2006 Book of the Year for Memory Keeper’s Daughter.

A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she has taught widely in the U.S. and Asia and continues to teach at the University of Kentucky.  She also is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant for her work.  
In her teaching,       she said she often reflects  on people’s desire to share stories as one of the things “that make us human.”  

As for advice to beginning writers, she likes the idea of writing from a place that you know.  “I've always set my stories in places I know well,” she said.  “It frees me up to spend more imaginative time on the characters if I'm not worrying about the logistics.“

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