By Shirley H. Showalter
There are more than 150,000,000 bloggers. I joined the enormous online ocean less than six months ago, and I learn a new swim stroke every day. Authors are beginning to find this site, and I am beginning to locate memoir authors, teachers, and speakers. I thought I would point out three people I have found and give my readers a chance to go to their sites if you have not already done so.
Jerry Waxler commented on my post about the memoir Left to Tell a month ago. He introduced me to the memoir community online. Here’s his blog. I have not had enough time to explore this community fully, but I will make incursions into it, and I am grateful to know that there are organizations like the National Association of Memoir Writers. Jerry has an amazing set of essays about memoir, an e-book, and a blog roll with many memoir sites posted on it. He’s an aggregator as well as a blogger. Thanks, Jerry!
The first memoir author to come to this site is DeWitt Henry, author of the memoir Safe Suicide. I was so happy to have his interest that I immediately bought a copy of his book, which you can do also just by clicking on the bookcover. Isn’t that cool?
I not only am giving him this plug before ever reading his book, but I plan to review it after it arrives from Amazon. Only the first author to contact me gets this kind of call out, and who knows whether I will like the book. But I am grateful to DeWitt for illustrating one of the possibilities for this blog–contact with authors. He also pointed me to a literary journal, Ploughshares, published by Emerson College, where he teaches in the MFA program. Dewitt did not comment on a particular post but found my bio and commented. Fun surprise!
Another discovery I made in the last week is Lisa Dale Norton, a blogger with The Huffington Post, one of my favorite sources for political news. I signed up to be one of Lisa’s fans because her posts align perfectly with the “memoir in the news” category I began a few weeks ago when the role of narrative in the presidential campaigns seemed to strike me, and apparently many others, as really significant. Lisa has published a recent book about memoir. I hope to get to that book some day, too.
One of the luxuries of beginning this blogging journey is that I have a small enough community to introduce folks to each other. This post is like a cocktail party–without those funny paper umbrellas to stick in the drinks!