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Jane Smiley

Fiction, Nonfiction

Interviewed by: Angela Elam

Catalog Number: 20150515, 20141121

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of novels, memoirs, and nonfiction, Jane Smiley discusses her trilogy, The Last Hundred Years, that follows an Iowa farm family from 1920 through 2019. Smiley talks about what first inspired her to create this multi-volume work and how she went about crafting a realistic family of storytellers through her painstaking research of landscape, period farming practices, and even weather. She reads from the first installment, the 2014 book, Some Luck, and discusses her 2005 essay collection, Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novelrevealing tips for burgeoning writers. The second book of the trilogy, Early Warning, is now out in 2015. For a special collection of archive interviews with Jane Smiley from 1991 and 2005, visit our Shop.

| Subject Matter: Novel Writing, Family, Iowa, History | Interview Year: 2014 | Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction | Awards: Pulitzer Prize |

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