Peter Turchi

discusses

A Muse and a Maze:
Writing as Puzzle, Mystery, and Magic

in conversation with DANIEL JOHNSON

Co-sponsored by 826 Boston

This event includes a book signing

Date

Jan
15
Thursday
January 15, 2015
8:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store and 826 Boston welcome PETER TURCHI, creative writing professor and author of Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer, and founding executive director of 826 Boston DANIEL JOHNSON for a discussion of Turchi's latest book, A Muse and a Maze: Writing as Puzzle, Mystery, and Magic.

With his characteristic talent for finding connections between writing and the stuff of our lives, Peter Turchi ventures into new and even more surprising territory. In A Muse and a Maze, Turchi draws out the similarities between writing and puzzle-making and its flip-side, puzzle-solving. As he teases out how mystery lies at the heart of all storytelling, he uncovers the magic—the creation of credible illusion—that writers share with the likes of Houdini and master magicians. In Turchi’s associative narrative, we learn about the history of puzzles, their obsessive quality, and that Benjamin Franklin was a devotee of an ancient precursor of sudoku called Magic Squares. Applying this rich backdrop to the requirements of writing, Turchi reveals as much about the human psyche as he does about the literary imagination and the creative process.

Daniel Johnson
Daniel Johnson

Daniel Johnson

For over ten years, 826 Boston Executive Director Daniel Johnson has dedicated himself to grassroots education in under-served communities. He has worked extensively in arts programming and has developed creative writing curricula in English and Spanish for children and teens, inmates, second language learners, and the developmentally disabled in a wide variety of settings including public schools, prisons, and hospitals. In addition to working as an educator, he has also served as arts coordinator for the Association House, one of Chicago’s largest social service agencies and settlement homes. Daniel is the author of How to Catch a Falling Knife and his poetry appeared in The Best American Poetry 2007.

Peter Turchi
Peter Turchi

Peter Turchi

Peter Turchi's books include Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as CartographerSuburban Journals: The Sketchbooks, Drawings, and Prints of Charles Ritchie, in collaboration with the artist; a novel, The Girls Next Door; and a collection of stories, Magician. Turchi's short story "Night, Truck, Two Lights Burning," listed as one of 100 Notable Stories of 2002 by the editors of Best American Short Stories and one of 15 Recommended Stories by the jury for the O. Henry Prize Stories. He has received Washington College's Sophie Kerr Prize, an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award, North Carolina's Sir Walter Raleigh Award, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. From 1993 to 2008 he directed the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina. Turchi recently taught at Arizona State University, where he was director of the creative writing program, and he's currently a professor of creative writing at the University of Houston.

Photo Credit: Dana Kroos

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