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If you liked Alexander Chee’s essay on studying with Annie Dillard, rejoice. There’s more where that came from. Chee’s piece is part of the just-published anthology Mentors, Muses and Monsters: 30 Writers on the People Who Changed Their Lives, edited by Elizabeth Benedict (Simon & Schuster, Oct. 2009). I love hearing about how writers interact with other writers and what lessons–positive or negative–they gleaned from their teachers, so I can’t wait to read this.

Here are some additional sneak peeks:

For more, check out the Mentors, Muses and Monsters website, read an excerpt via B&, or pick up a copy of the book.

Washington, DC: Monday, Nov. 9 at 6:30 pm
with Elizabeth Benedict, John Casey, and Maud Casey
Chevy Chase DC Public Library

Cambridge, MA: Friday, Nov. 13, at 6 pm
with Elizabeth Benedict, Jay Cantor, Chris Castellani, Julia Glass, Margot Livesey, and Jim Shepard
Brattle Theatre (tickets required)

Fort Greene, Brooklyn: Monday, Nov. 23 at 7:30 pm
with Elizabeth Benedict, Alexander Chee, Mary Gordon, Martha Southgate, and Lily Tuck
Greenlight Bookstore

NYC: Monday, Dec. 7, at 7pm
with Elizabeth Benedict, Mary Gordon, Sigrid Nunez, and Lily Tuck
Upper East Side Barnes & Noble

This video (from the publisher) features Elizabeth Benedict discussing the book:

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