At the Inkwell NYC is delighted to feature three highly-acclaimed biographers John J. Winters, Michael Lennon, and Barbara Burkhardt.
JOHN J. WINTERS is the author of Sam Shepard: A Life, which the Wall Street Journal called “an excellent biography,” Playbill deemed “a literary fact-finding mission,” and the Washington Post declared “a throughly researched biography (that) captures a personality more anxious and self-doubting than previous biographers have grasped.” John is a writer, critic and journalist who was born and raised in Massachusetts. His work has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Guardian, Salon, Playboy, Times Literary Supplement, New England Art, Providence Journal, Rhode Island Monthly, literary journals, and many other outlets, including Boston’s National Public Radio affiliate, WBUR. He teaches at two universities in New England.
MICHAEL LENNON is the late Norman Mailer’s archivist, editor, and authorized biographer. Norman Mailer: A Double Life (2013) was chosen as an “Editors’ Choice” book by the New York Times Book Review and was one of Amazon’s top twenty nonfiction books of the year. The paperback edition, published October, 2104, was chosen as the top paperback bio for October by the Times of London. In 2014 he edited Selected Letters of Norman Mailer. Other books include a bio-bibliography, Norman Mailer: Works and Days (2018) (with Donna Pedro Lennon); and three edited volumes: Conversations with Norman Mailer (1988), The James Jones Reader (1991), and Mailer’s The Spooky Art: Some Thoughts on Writing (2003). He is the past president of The Norman Mailer Society and past president of The James Jones Literary Society, and serves as Chair of the Editorial Board of The Mailer Review. He is a regular reviewer Times Literary Supplement (London), where he has written on Didion, DeLillo, Vidal, and Muhammad Ali. His work has also appeared in The Mailer Review, New Yorker, Paris Review, New York Review of Books, James Jones Literary Society Journal, Playboy, Creative Nonfiction, Hippocampus, Provincetown Arts, Chicago Tribune, New York, New England Review, and Journal of Modern Literature, among others. He co-authored Mailer’s last book, On God: An Uncommon Conversation (2007), and in 2012, edited Mailer’s biography of Marilyn Monroe,Norman Mailer/Bert Stern: Marilyn Monroe, for Taschen Books. He is currently writing a memoir, tentatively titled “Getting on the Bus: Mailer’s Last Days”.
BARBARA BURKHARDT is the author of William Maxwell: A Literary Life, about the New Yorker magazine fiction editor and novelist. The biography was praised from the New York Times to the London Times. The Chicago Tribune named it one of the best books of 2005, calling it a “most distinguished . . . brilliant biography” and a “rare triumph. . . . In deeply layered, supple, and clear prose, Burkhardt captures the dramas of Maxwell’s life. . . . [Her] prose is stellar.” As a follow-up, she edited Conversations with William Maxwell (2012), a compilation of the writer’s interviews and speeches. She is now writing a biography of Garrison Keillor under contract to St. Martin’s Press. Barbara received a Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and was an associate professor of English at the University of Illinois Springfield, where she was named the University Scholar in 2007 and is now Associate Professor Emerita. A founding member of Biographer’s International Organization, she served on its executive board for four years as well as on the University of Illinois Press Board. She lives in Washington, D.C. and teaches at Washington Episcopal School.
The "glorious...sweeping, full-scale biography" of Norman Mailer, the famous novelist, journalist, and public figure: "There's not a paragraph in this enormous book that doesn't contain a nugget of something you...wish you had known" (The New York Times).
"John Winters offers a master class in literary sleuthing, untangling the many lives and unearthing the origin story of America's foremost Renaissance man of letters." --Kelly Horan, coauthor of Devotion and Defiance