William Least Heat-Moon Explores the Process Of Writing the Best-selling Blue Highways
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May 14, 2014
In 1982 and 1983, William Least Heat-Moon's Blue Highways, a chronicle of his travels along America's back roads, spent 42 weeks on the best-seller list.
More than 30 years after his 14,000-mile, 38-state journey, Least Heat-Moon re-examines the making of the book in a discussion of his new book Writing Blue Highways: The Story of How a Book Happened on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
The story behind the writing of the best-seller is as fascinating as the epic trip itself. The author reflects on the four years he spent capturing the lessons of the road trip on paper - the stops and starts in his composition process, the numerous drafts and painstaking revisions, the depressing string of rejections by publishers, the strains on his personal relationships, and many other aspects of the toil that went into writing his first book.
Along the way, he traces the hard lessons learned and offers guidance to aspiring and experienced writers alike. Far from being a technical manual, Writing Blue Highways is an adventure story of its own, a journey of "exploration into the myriad routes of heart and mind that led to the making of a book from the first sorry and now vanished paragraph to the last words that came not from a graphite pencil but from a letterpress in Tennessee."
William Trogdon, who writes under the name of William Least Heat-Moon, was born in Kansas City of English-Irish-Osage ancestry. Among his books are PrairyErth; River-Horse; Columbus in the Americas; Roads to Quoz; and Here, There and Elsewhere.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP at kclibrary.orgor call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available in the Library District parking garage at 10th & Baltimore.