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~ Writing a Biography ~ STALKING THE ELEPHANTAbout Writing Biography and Imagining a Life

REGISTER FOR THE 2019 BIO CONFERENCE, MAY 17-19!

  Here are a few of the things I love about the Biographers International Annual Conference:

  1. It's democratic. There's something for everyone: old hands who've already published six biographies, newbies still in the planning stage (or the thinking-about stage), and everyone in between.

  2. It's an unmatched opportunity (if you can name another, let me know, but I bet you can’t) to learn about biography from people who actually practice it and to meet and mingle with others who love talking about doing that. You get to collect practical tips and ideas, schmooze about craft, and make connections that can lead to—well, like everything else about biography, to just about anything. (Come on, you know you can't do that at your sports club.)

  3. Unlike academic conferences, it's a pressure-free environment. No one is there because they're competing for a job or trying to get tenure. They're there  Read More 

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THERE'S STILL TIME TO REGISTER FOR THE 2018 BIO CONFERENCE!

    You can even register on May 19, the day of the conference. For a few reasons why you should, click here.

  Update for 2018 BIO conference attendees: In response to the enthusiasm that greeted the announcement of our well-stocked book table, our partner, Merritt Bookstore of Millbrook, New York, will offer all books at 10% off the retail price as a courtesy to our members. The book table will be open from 10 AM until 5:30 PM on May 19 on the Concourse level at the City University of New York Graduate Center. For a complete list of titles, visit the Merritt Bookstore website.

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ROBERT CARO AND THE POWER OF PLACE

Robert Caro.

        Speaking of the power of place, no one knows more about that than Robert Caro, who appeared at the 2011 Compleat Biographer Conference luncheon to accept this year's BIO Award for his contributions to the art and craft of biography in his books on  Read More 
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    ELEPHANT STALKERS ARE ORGANIZED, PART ONE


          I'm an avid member of Biographers International Organization, the acronym of which, amazingly enough, is BIO. Anyone with an interest in writing (or reading) biography, narrative nonfiction, or history should join BIO, though it's mostly for practicing long-distance elephant stalkers like me.

          Last month I went down to  Read More 
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