Mitzi Rapkin http://kajx.org en First Draft - Isabel Allende http://kajx.org/post/first-draft-isabel-allende <p>Chilean author Isabel Allende won worldwide acclaim when her bestselling first novel, <em>The House of the Spirits</em>, was published in 1982. In addition to launching Allende’s career as a renowned author, the book, which grew out of a farewell letter to her dying grandfather, also established her as a feminist force in Latin America’s male-dominated literary world.</p><p>She has since written nearly 20 more works, including <em>Of Love and Shadows, Eva Luna, Stories of Eva Luna, The Infinite Plan, Daughter of Fortune, Portrait in Sepia</em>, a trilogy for young readers (<em>City of Beasts, Kingdom of the Golden Dragon, and Forest of Pygmies</em>), <em>Zorro, Ines of My Soul, Island Beneath the Sea, </em>and<em> Maya’s Notebook</em>. Books of nonfiction include <em>Aphrodite</em>, a humorous collection of recipes and essays, and three memoirs: <em>My Invented Country, Paula</em> (a bestseller that documents Allende’s daughter’s illness and death, as well as her own life), and <em>The Sum of Our Days</em>. Her latest book is <em>Ripper</em>, a crime novel.</p><p>www.isabelallende.com</p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:43:16 +0000 Mitzi Rapkin 17362 at http://kajx.org First Draft - Isabel Allende First Draft - Jamie Quatro http://kajx.org/post/first-draft-jamie-quatro <p>Jamie Quatro’s debut collection, <em>I Want To Show You More</em> is a New York Times Notable Book, NPR Best Book of 2013, Indie Next pick, and New York Times Editors’ Choice. It was named a Top 10 Book of 2013 by Dwight Garner in the <em>New York Times</em> and a Favorite Book of 2013 by James Wood in <em>The New Yorker</em>.&nbsp; Quatro’s work has appeared in&nbsp;<em>Tin House, Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, McSweeney’s, AGNI, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review,</em> and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships from Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony, as well as 2013 fellowships from both the Bread Loaf and the Sewanee Writers’ Conferences. Her stories are anthologized in the&nbsp;<em>O.Henry Prize Stories 2013</em> and in the 9th edition of&nbsp;<em>The Story and Its Writer (ed. Ann Charters, forthcoming). </em>Quatro holds graduate degrees from the College of William &amp; Mary and the Bennington College Writing Seminars, and is a Contributing Editor at&nbsp;<em>Oxford American</em> magazine. She lives with her family in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. <a href="http://www.jamiequatro.com">www.jamiequatro.com</a></p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:29:00 +0000 Mitzi Rapkin 16998 at http://kajx.org First Draft - Jamie Quatro First Draft - Russell Banks http://kajx.org/post/first-draft-russell-banks <p>Russell Banks is the author of more than a dozen works, which include poetry, short stories, novels and essays.&nbsp; His novels <em>Cloudsplitter</em> and <em>Continental Drift</em> were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize.&nbsp; <em>The Sweet Hereafter</em> and<em> Affliction</em> were made into feature films.&nbsp; His latest work is a short story collection called <em>A Permanent Member of the Family</em>.&nbsp; Banks is the recipient of numerous literary awards, is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.&nbsp; He lives in Keene, New York and Miami, Florida.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:28:35 +0000 Mitzi Rapkin 10113 at http://kajx.org First Draft - Russell Banks First Draft - Maria Semple http://kajx.org/post/first-draft-maria-semple <p>Maria Semple is the author of <em>This One Is Mine </em>and<em> Where’d You Go Bernadette. </em>Before turning to fiction, she wrote for <em>Mad About You, Ellen, </em>and <em>Arrested Development. </em>Her writing has appeared in <em>The New Yorker</em>. She lives in Seattle. http://www.mariasemple.com/</p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:28:00 +0000 Mitzi Rapkin 16330 at http://kajx.org First Draft - Maria Semple First Draft - Anthony Marra http://kajx.org/post/first-draft-anthony-marra <p>Anthony Marra is the <em>New York Times</em>-bestselling author of <em>A Constellation of Vital Phenomena</em>, longlisted for the National Book Award and winner of the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize. It was selected as one of the ten best books of 2013 by <em>The Washington Post</em>, <em>The San Francisco Chronicle</em>, <em>Salon</em>, <em>New York</em> Magazine, <em>Publishers Weekly</em>, and <em>Library Journal</em>, among numerous other year-end lists. He is the winner of the Whiting Award, the Pushcart Prize, and currently teaches at Stanford University.&nbsp; www.anthonymarra.net</p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:28:00 +0000 Mitzi Rapkin 15983 at http://kajx.org First Draft - Anthony Marra