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Joyce Carol Oates: “I am much more forgiving than I was in my early years”

"Anyone who can write a letter can (probably) be a 'writer' of some sort"

© Nick Taylor

What is your most embarrassing moment at a book signing?

At Black Oak Books in Berkeley, some years ago, an enormous crowd (or so it seemed to me) came to my reading on a rainy day; there were many rows of seats, and some people were standing; but when the reading ended, and patrons lined up to have books signed, a good portion of the audience melted away… I was informed that the large audience was comprised partly of homeless persons who’d come…

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