Friday, February 20, 2015

Art & Craft, Thirty Years on the Literary Beat

book jacket for Art and Craft Idgie Says:
Well isn't this my dream book - to be a reviewer and have a book published with your reviews and conversations with various authors throughout your career.  This is an 'insider's view' of books that really resonated with him, and the authors that did also. 

A book filled with bits and pieces that might make you remember and re-read a book or an author you read before...or entice you into picking it up for the first time.

I would like to think that a book such as this truly came deep from his heart and pride and that it means much to him.  I would take it as a huge accomplishment. 

Art & Craft
Thirty Years on the Literary Beat
Bill Thompson
Foreword by Josephine Humphreys 

A compendium of profiles, interviews, and reviews published by the South Carolina book review editor.

Art and Craft presents the hand-picked fruit of Bill Thompson's three decades covering writers and writing as book review editor of Charleston, South Carolina's Post and Courier. Beginning with a foreword by Charleston novelist Josephine Humphreys, this collection is a compendium of interviews featuring some of the most distinguished novelists and nonfiction writers in America and abroad, including Tom Wolfe, Pat Conroy, Joyce Carol Oates, Rick Bragg, and Anthony Bourdain, as well as many South Carolinians. With ten thematic sections ranging from the Southern Renaissance, literature, biography, and travel writing to crime fiction and Civil War history, Art and Craft also includes a sampling of Thompson's reviews.

A foreword is written by South Carolina novelist Josephine Humphreys, who is author of Dreams of Sleep (winner of the 1985 Ernest Hemingway Award for First Fiction), Rich in Love (made into a major motion picture), The Fireman's Fair, and Nowhere Else on Earth.

Bill Thompson was a book review editor, film critic and columnist, arts writer, and travel writer for the Post and Courier of Charleston, South Carolina, from 1980 to 2012. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a former sportswriter in Virginia and Florida, he has won numerous awards for his writing. In his retirement Thompson frequently reviews and writes for Kirkus Reviews, the Post and Courier, and Charleston Style and Design. He lives in Charleston.

ISBN-13: 9781611174427
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Publication date: 2/3/2015
Pages: 296