The Hidden Novelist
The Hidden Novelist
On our About the Books show, we interview Pulitzer Prize-winning authors and debut novelists. Help us transfer audio to printed-word.
On our About the Books show, we interview Pulitzer Prize-winning authors and debut novelists. Help us transfer audio to printed-word. Read more
About this project
The Hidden Novelist Project
They write, revise, fret, sweat, and bring us a story that lasts forever. These are writers who provide us with fiction, with novels, with stories that transport us from our everyday lives to foreign lands or neighborhood taverns.
We are fortunate to interview these authors, many Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, who appear on the WordSmitten Media broadcast, “About the Books.”
In addition, we interview debut novelists, launching their first work of fiction, along with award-winning non-fiction authors. They tell us their own personal stories, including the fun and the flaws.
These are audio memoirs. They tell Kate Sullivan, our producer and host, how they bring these enduring stories under the wing of New York publishing houses. These authors tell us how they create books that entertain us, that mystify us, that make us cry and laugh. They tell us their story.
Australian-born author Geraldine Brooks told us she saved more than $400.00 during her teen years, and was the first person in her family to buy a car. It was a Honda Zot. So fun, this car!
Edward P. Jones mentioned his Washington, D.C., residence has almost no furniture. He sits on the floor. He ignores the Associated Press when they call to ask for a comment about the Pulitzer.
Jane Smiley reads in the bathtub. Why didn't we think of it?
We need to rely on your help to bring these broadcast interviews to paper. We collect these elusive voices from the airwaves and transform them from our hidden novelist archives to a readable collection. We bring their spoken words to print.
Our transcription project transfers audio presentations from our radio and podcast archives to an anthology.
This is a collection of interviews with Pulitzer Prize-winners and includes Edward P. Jones [The Known World]; Geraldine Brooks [March]; Jane Smiley [A Thousand Acres]; Elizabeth Strout [Olive Kitteridge]; and, debut novelists that include Nancy Horan [Loving Frank]; Maggie Pouncey [Perfect Reader]; Andrew Trees [Club Rules]; and Diane Leslie [Cleaning Nabokov’s House].
Authors we interview, who make a difference, include Oprah-pick author Connie May Fowler [Before Women Had Wings]; British author Sadie Jones [Small Wars: A Novel]; Janet Burroway [Writing Fiction]; Natalie Goldberg [Writing Down the Bones]; and Mr. Gay Talese, [Honor Thy Father], who is married to the notable editor at Doubleday's eponymous imprint of Nan A. Talese. This list is just the beginning of the Hidden Novelist Project. There are more than five years of spoken-word to printed-word tapes, CDs, thumbdrives.
Each transcription is labor intensive. The initial audio-to-paper cost is $150.00 and then there are hours of editing [kudos to the team who invented speech-to-text software, but we have a quick question. How does New York City translate to "knew your kitty" in a transcription? Seriously?], so your support is so important!
Visit www.About-the-Books.com and thank you for supporting the Hidden Novelist Project. For those of you who love books, and who support us at the mid-level, we are sending you this sturdy tote bag for your hard-copy books and your e-readers! This book tote will carry you to wonderful places.
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