MARY KARR - Art of Memoir



Friday, September 18 at 7PM

Bestselling Author of Lit
speaking & signing
The Art of Memoir





Long hailed for putting the memoir genre on the literary map, Mary Karr is one of our writing heroes. She put her life on the page in the unforgettable memoirs The Liar’s Club, Cherry, and Lit. Tonight, she joins us with her new book about the intricacies and nuances of writing your own life, The Art of Memoir. Join us as we give this native Texan a good ol’ Lone Star welcome! Tickets are required for the signing and only available with the purchase of a copy of The Art of Memoir from BookPeople. Limited Quantity Book Offer for Students: Don’t have the extra cash to purchase a hardcover copy of THE ART OF MEMOIR by Mary Karr? Come to our event a little early, and claim one of five copies that Mary has generously offered to purchase and give to students or those who can’t afford a hardcover.


  • The speaking portion of this event is free & open to the public.
  • Tickets are required to join the signing line.
  • Tickets are only available with the purchase of a copy of The Art of Memoir from BookPeople.
  • Books & tickets are now available to pre-order. Purchasing a book online automatically assigns you a ticket for the signing. There is no separate "ticket" item to add to your cart.
  • Tickets are lettered. The line for the signing will form according to ticket letter after the author speaks.


Mary Karr's first book, The Liar's Club, kick-started a memoir revolution and won nonfiction prizes from PEN and the Texas Institute of Letters. A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, it rode high on the New York Times bestseller list for over a year, making the "best book" list in The New Yorker, People, and Time. Recently, Entertainment Weekly rated it number four in the top one hundred books of the past twenty-five years. Her second memoir, Cherry, which was excerpted in The New Yorker, also hit bestseller and "notable book" lists at the New York Times and dozens of other papers nationwide. Her most recent book in this autobiographical series, Lit: A Memoir, is the story of her alcoholism, recovery, and conversion to Catholicism. A Guggenheim Fellow in poetry, Karr has won Pushcart Prizes for both verse and essays. Other grants include the Whiting Award and Radcliffe's Bunting Fellowship. She's currently the Peck Professor of Literature at Syracuse University.


For thirty years, Mary Karr has taught the form of memoir, winning graduate teaching prizes for her highly selective seminar at Syracuse, where she mentored acclaimed authors like Cheryl Strayed, Keith Gessen, and Koren Zailckas. In The Art of Memoir, she synthesizes her expertise as professor and therapy patient, writer and spiritual seeker, recovered alcoholic and "black-belt sinner," providing a unique window into the mechanics and art of a form that is as irreverent, insightful, and entertaining as her own work in the genre.
Anchored by excerpts from her favorite memoirs and anecdotes from fellow writers' experiences, The Art of Memoir lays bare Karr's own process along with anecdotes on dealing with family and friends and the probing of the dark spaces of her own skull. As she breaks down the key elements of great literary memoir, she breaks open our concepts of memory and identity and illuminates the cathartic power of reflecting on the past. Anybody with an inner life or complicated history, whether writer or reader, will relate.

Thank you for supporting Mary Karr and your local independent bookstore!  
Event date: 
Friday, September 18, 2015 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
603 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703-5413
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ISBN: 9780062223067
Availability: Backordered. Place an order and we will let you know when to expect your book.
Published: Harper - September 15th, 2015

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