Writing Narrative Journalism: A Conversation with Gay Talese and Chris Jones
2 pm, Friday, November 18
Literary journalism icon Gay Talese is the bestselling author of eleven books. He was a reporter for the New York Times from 1956 to 1965, and since then he has written for the Times, Esquire, The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, and other national publications. His groundbreaking article “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold” was named the “best story Esquire ever published,” and he was credited by Tom Wolfe with the creation of an inventive form of nonfiction writing called “The New Journalism.” His most recent book, A Writer’s Life, was published by Knopf in 2006 and reissued in trade paperback by The Random House Publishing Group in July 2007. A collection of his sportswriting, The Silent Season of a Hero, was published by Walker & Company in September 2010.
Chris Jones, Esquire magazine writer-at-large, has twice won the National Magazine Award, the first for his story “Home,” which chronicled the experiences of three astronauts stranded on the space station when the shuttle Columbia exploded, and the second for his article “The Things That Carried Him,” which told the story of one soldier’s last trip home from Iraq. He is a contributing editor for ESPN: The Magazine. His work has appeared in Best American Magazine Writing and Best American Sports Writing.
Mr. Talese’s and Mr. Jones’s conversation is co-sponsored by the Nieman Foundation and the Harvard Writers at Work Lecture Series, which is co-sponsored by the Harvard College Writing Program, the Harvard Review, the and Harvard Extension School Master”s Degree Program in Journalism. The Series seeks to explore the power of writing at Harvard and beyond.