~On My Bookshelf~

Quibbles & Quotations:

A Book of Ages: An Eccentric Miscellany of Great & Offbeat Moments in the Lives of the Famous & Infamous, Ages 1 to 100 ~ Eric Hanson
Advice to Writers: A Compendium of Quotes, Anecdotes, and Writerly Wisdom from a Dazzling Array of Literary Lights ~ Jon Winokur
Paper Lanterns: More Quotations from the Back Pages of The Sun ~ Sy Safransky, ed.
Poisoned Pens: Literary Invective from Amis to Zola ~ Gary Dexter

Writers on Writing:

50 Years of EVENT Magazine: Collected Notes on Writing ~ Shashi Bhat, ed.
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life ~ Anne Lamott
Daemon Voices: On Stories and Storytelling ~ Philip Pullman
Make-Believe Town: Essays and Remembrances ~ David Mamet
Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing ~ Margaret Atwood
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft ~ Stephen King
Resonance: Essays on the Craft and Love of Writing ~ Andrew Chesham & Laura Farina, eds.
The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life and Language ~ Natalie Goldberg
Writing Life: Celebrated Canadian and International Authors on Writing and Life ~ Constance Rooke, ed.

Editors on Editing:

Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style ~ Benjamin Dreyer
The Copyeditor’s Handbook: A Guide for Book Publishing and Corporate Communications ~ Amy Einsohn
The Forest for the Trees: An Editor’s Advice to Writers ~ Betsy Lerner
The New Well-Tempered Sentence: A Punctuation Handbook for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed ~ Karen Elizabeth Gordon

Creative Living aka Don’t Stop Believin’:

A Year of Writing Dangerously: 365 Days of Inspiration & Encouragement ~ Barbara Abercrombie
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear ~ Elizabeth Gilbert
Letters to a Young Writer ~ Colum McCann
The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life ~ Julia Cameron
Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within ~ Natalie Goldberg

For the Love of Language:

Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen ~ Mary Norris
Eats, Shoots & Leaves ~ Lynne Truss
Four Letter Word: Original Love Letters ~ Joshua Knelman & Rosalind Porter, eds.
Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen ~ Mary Norris
Linguistics: Why It Matters ~ Geoffrey K. Pullum
Meander, Spiral, Explode: Design and Pattern in Narrative ~ Jane Alison
Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them ~ Francine Prose
Spunk & Bite: A Writer’s Guide to Bold, Contemporary Style ~ Arthur Plotnik
The Naïve and the Sentimental Novelist: Understanding What Happens When We Write and Read Novels ~ Orhan Pamuk
The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century ~ Steven Pinker
Why Read? ~ Mark Edmundson


American Originality: Essays on Poetry ~ Louise Glück
A Poetry Handbook: A Prose Guide to Understanding and Writing Poetry ~ Mary Oliver
How a Poem Moves: A Field Guide for Readers of Poetry ~ Adam Sol
How to Read Poetry Like a Professor: A Quippy and Sonorous Guide to Verse ~ Thomas C. Foster
In Fine Form, 2nd Edition: A Contemporary Look at Canadian Form Poetry ~ Kate Braid & Sandy Shreve, eds.
Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within ~ Kim Addonizio
The Poet’s Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry ~ Kim Addonizio & Dorianne Lux


A Passion for Narrative: A Guide to Writing Fiction ~ Jack Hodgins
The Art of Fiction: A Collection of Articles ~ David Lodge
The Writer’s Boon Companion: Thirty Days Towards an Extraordinary Volume ~ Mel Anastasiou

Memoir & Nonfiction:

Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process ~ John McPhee
Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir ~ Natalie Goldberg
Tell It Slant: Creating, Refining, and Publishing Creative Nonfiction ~ Brenda Miller & Suzanne Paola
Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writer’s Guide ~ Mark Kramer & Wendy Call, eds.

~How to Haiku: Books, Journals, & Websites~

Frogpond: The Journal of the Haiku Society of America ~ selected essays
Graceguts ~ a website by Michael Dylan Welch
Haiku: A Poet’s Guide ~ Lee Gurga
Modern Haiku: An Independent Journal of Haiku and Haiku Studies ~ selected essays
On Haiku ~ Hiroaki Sato
Seeds from a Birch Tree: Writing Haiku and the Spiritual Journey ~ Clark Strand
The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, and Issa ~ Robert Hass
The Haiku Foundation
The Monthly Tricycle Haiku Challenge
tsuri-dōrō – a small journal of haiku and senryū ~ essays
Writing and Enjoying Haiku: A Hands-on Guide ~ Jane Reichhold
Writing Haiku: A Beginner’s Guide to Composing Japanese Poetry ~ Bruce Ross

~Encouragement for the Writing Life~

Mortification: Writers’ Stories of Their Public Shame ~ Robin Robertson
The New Yorker ~ selected essays
Why You Should Aim for 100 Rejections a Year‘ ~ Literary Hub

Just Write.

People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass themselves by without wondering.
~ Saint Augustine