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Wednesday, November 3, 2021

'Read Widely - For The Value of Being Informed'

I think the best endings bring you back in rather than close things off with absolute finality. I'm not saying they necessarily have to be ambiguous, but we don't always need to know what happens when everyone wakes up tomorrow morning.” – T. C. Boyle


Born on Nov. 2, 1948, Thomas Coraghessan Boyle is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, Distinguished Professor of English, and much sought-after speaker,   I love performing in front of an audience," he said.  "I like the questions; I like controversy.”

A native of New York, Boyle earned his writing degrees both there and in Iowa before gravitating to the West Coast where he has lived most of his adult life.  His writing often focuses on Baby Boomers – their joys, appetites and addictions – and on the ruthlessness and unpredictability of nature and the toll human society sometimes unwittingly takes on the environment.  He has authored 16 novels, including the PEN/Faulkner winning World's End, which recounts 300 years in his home stomping grounds of upstate New York. 

Boyle’s short stories regularly appear in the major American magazines like The New Yorker and Harper’s and he has published 11 short story collections, including a great look at “the best of” in T.C. Boyle Stories II. 
 His advice to those who hope to write is to be good readers.              
 “I read widely - for news, the arts, science, for entertainment, and the value of being informed - and, as a fiction writer, I can't help transposing what I learn into the scenario for a novel or story.”

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