Marina will have a reading by a professional actor of her work on October 10, 2013 at 7:30pm as part of the NJ Literary Artists Fellowship Showcase.
The reading will take place at
in the Chase Room
of the Madison Public Library
39 Keep Street
Madison, NJ 07940
Click here for directions
There is a suggested donation of $10. All tickets will be available at the door on the evening of the readings. No advanced ticket sales.
1. You write both fiction and nonfiction. Is your writing process similar for both? If not, how is it different?
My adult fiction is a much slower accrual--that can often take years as I work my way through the story, rethink the story, and build up the layers. And finally for nonfiction it depends on whether I'm writing literary essays or books, as I did for Sugar. In the case of literary essays, they are more akin to writing short stories, but there's a kind of honest truth taking I'm after in the pursuit of an idea, a set of experiences. In the case of Sugar, that meant a lot of research and talking with my husband. Then we divied up parts of the book and wrote them separately, commenting on each other's parts. We will probably do the same for a new nonfiction we are contracted for, on the photographers Robert Capa, Gerda Taro and Chim during the Spanish Civil War. In that case, I will provide more of the novelistic story telling and he will provide more of the historical backdrop.
In my non-fiction book, Remix: Conversations with Immigrant Teenagers, I was introduced to the two teenages that open and close the book, through fellow NJSCA Literary Fellowship winner, Gaiutra Bahadur. The two girls are her cousins--Herman and Reshmee.
On the other hand, it can make for some clashes. For instance, when we were working on the second part of the book, which involved the Caribbean, my husband wanted to begin with what I thought was a long wind up with how plantations and slavery became so prevalent. I wanted to plunge us right into a scene on a plantation--so you feel the heat and toil--and then wind backward to explain how we got here. My instincts were that of someone thinking of a 3 act structure and the need to jump forward in time, provide the context later. We fought about it, but eventually, I'm happy to say, I won!