Thursday, May 21, 2009

Mystery Writer Lawrence Block Discusses His New Memoir with USA Today

Step by Step: A Pedestrian Memoir by Lawrence Block

USA Today reporter Bob Minzesheimer has a conversation with mystery author Lawrence Block, whose recently published memoir Step by Step: A Pedestrian Memoir, relates his passions for traveling, writing and walking, make that, marathon race walking.

Minzesheimer notes that fifteen years ago Block abandoned another memoir, fearing it would be presumptuous or premature, before what he calls "the Age of Relentless Reminiscence, wherein graduate students earn MFA degrees by writing down their life stories, some of them even factual."

But if he's old "to be getting into the memoir game," he figured, "I'd better do it while my memory was still intact."

As a writer, he's "semi-retired" but is working on a movie deal for one of his Matthew Scudder novels. His 1982 book, Eight Million Ways to Die, the fifth in the Scudder series, won a and was made into a film with Jeff Bridges as the alcoholic ex-cop and unlicensed private investigator. He's also the author of several other series, most notably one featuring antiquarian bookseller and burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr (on which the 1987 Whoopi Goldberg film Burglar was loosely, very loosely, based) and another with insomniac Evan Tanner.

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