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Mary Karr and The Art of Memoir

Thursday September 17, 2015 7:30 pm
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Christ Church Cathedral
1117 Texas Avenue
Houston, TX 77002 United States

Presented by Inprint, in association with Brazos Bookstore and Christ Church Cathedral

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MARY KARR is “one of the best memoirists of her generation” (Kirkus Reviews) and her “most powerful tool is her language, which she wields with the virtuosity of both a lyric poet and an earthy, down-home Texan” (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times). Her debut book, The Liars’ Club, which came out in 1995 and stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for over a year, became a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and helped launch a revival of the memoir genre. Karr’s memoirs Cherry and Lit followed, both receiving rave reviews and hitting numerous bestseller lists. Lit, which according to the Huffington Post “managed to raise the bar higher still on the genre of memoir,” was also a National Book Award finalist and followed Karr from the end of high school through motherhood, addiction, divorce, and her spiritual journey.

Karr comes to Houston to share her latest book, The Art of Memoir, an examination and celebration of the genre that has brought her so much success. In Karr’s authentic, passionate, and witty voice, the book identifies the key elements of great memoirs, memoirs that have been especially meaningful in her own career, and also includes compelling interviews with masters of the genre. George Saunders says, “Mary Karr is a national treasure …. The Art of Memoir is frank, funny, packed with jaw-dropping insights—simultaneously technical and transcendent …. This book has the effect of making the reader fall in love with language and literature all over again.”