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Writing What You Don’t Know

by Little Bee Dramaturg Anthea Carns There’s this quote¹ about writing fiction that I love, attributed to author Joe Haldeman: [Calvin knows what’s up.] The maxim of “write what you know” has its roots in solid practice—an author writing about things she has done, places he’s been, feelings they’ve had or topics they’ve studied, will naturally …

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A Book-It Anniversary to Remember

A Letter from Book-It’s Board President, Stuart Frank Book-It’s s 25th anniversary has been full of celebration, most recently with our Silver Jubilee Gala on March 7. As board president, it’s been amazing to be a part of the ride. We chose to switch it up this year and forego Guilty Pleasures, our annual party and …

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Introducing the cast and crew of Little Bee

Just as one show closes, another one is already in the making! Time waits for no man (or woman), here at Book-It. Myra Platt’s adaptation of Chris Cleave’s novel Little Bee is next on the docket for our Silver Jubilee season and we couldn’t be more excited for the talented group of actors and designers …

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Don’t Know Much About Charles Portis

You probably don’t know much about Charles Portis, but you should. Portis has been called “everybody’s favorite least-known novelist” because over the years he’s flown so inexplicably under the radar. Yes, he wrote the best-selling western True Grit, but there’s a lot more than that to love about this humble author from Arkansas. Brush up on …

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The Secret-Handshake Society of Portis Lovers

A letter from Adapter Judd Parkin to the cast and designers of The Dog of the South.  I suppose in a roundabout way I owe my love of Charles Portis to John Wayne. Like a lot of people my age, I saw the Wayne version of True Grit when it was first released. Being a rabid …

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