Tracks in the snow on our cabin’s deck this morning…

While I’ve been trying not to freeze (see photo) at the writers conference I’m attending in northern Virginia where it is snowing today, I’ve put together this little line up for you. Next week I hope to share some of the insights and ideas I’m still digesting from this conference.

Thanks to Poets & Writers, here’s an excerpt from Joan Didion’s new memoir Blue Nights (coming out November 1), read by Kimberly Farr. I loved The Year of Magical Thinking, so I can’t wait to read her new memoir, although the topic of reading about her only daughter’s death also scares me.

For those who were intrigued by the insight shared from our author Q&A with Sandra Beasley, here’s a recent radio interview with her discussing her memoir Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl.

One of the great powers of nonfiction is to show us a fellow human being’s perspective from the inside, which is particularly fascinating in the case of a brain-damaged Russian WWII veteran in Alexander Luria’s 1972 book The Man with a Shattered World: See related interview with Oliver Sacks @ Sentence First.

Submission opportunity: Booklength CNF manuscript contest @ Orphan Press

Interesting List of top literary magazines on the Every Writer’s Resource blog. I’m not sure how he came up with the rankings, but it’s interesting nonetheless.

And last but not least, wrapping up the topic of submissions, here are some Insights from an editor after three months on the job.