Lecture: Writing a Memoir

Pfau Library Noontime Lecture Series presents:

Writing a Memoir: The Fine Line Between Fact and Fiction

Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Noon-1 p.m.
John M. Pfau Library PL-4005
By: Professor James Brown

Fiction is, more often than not, a mixture of truth and invention. That fusion of the real with the imagined provides the writer with a kind of buffer. You can say, yes, that’s how it really happened. Or you can say, no, I made it all up. No one, except yourself, can really know for sure, and that gives a writer a certain freedom, one that transcends the boundaries of literal experience. But where is that fine line between truth as it occurred and truth as it’s remembered? That’s terrain worth exploring.

James Brown is the author of the novels Lucky Town, Final Performance, Hot Wire, and The Second Story Theatre. His first memoir, The Los Angeles Diaries was named Best Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Independent. The sequel, This River, will be published in July 2010. He received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction Writing and the Nelson Algren Award in Short Fiction. His writing has appeared in GQ, Esquire, the New York Times Magazine and the Los Angeles Times Magazine. Brown teaches in the new M.F.A. program at Cal State San Bernardino.

The lecture is free and open to all students, staff, employees, and the community.

Printable flier for “Writing a Memoir” (PDF)

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