12 July 2009 0 Comments

Ingenious book readings: Just don’t mention books!

In his terrific book “On Writing” Stephen King notes that he once asked Amy Tan what she’s NEVER asked about at public readings. “They never ask about the writing,” Tan tells him. Which spurs King to write a book about exactly that.

Now controversial UK publishing guru Scott Pack goes one better. Public appearances by writers. With no readings. And no questions about…books.

The idea, as Scott explains here, is to get writers talking about their life and interests outside their books. Ultimately of course I think that’ll take them back to their books. But it’s a great way to refresh the rather tired world of literary events. For more on Scott’s plan, look at his blog.

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