Joan Koster

About me

Ethnography is one kind of storytelling. Fiction is another. Joan Koster first learned that true living is a mixture of ritual and passion and good food washed down with wine while conducting ethnographic research among Greek shepherds. Now living on a sheep farm in upstate New York, she is finding time to spin the truths she learned into the metaphysical world only possible in fiction.

From my website

Shirley Anne Williams on A Careless Hug

  Sherley Anne Williams (American, 1944-1999) was a multi-talented writer who sought to bring the black experience to literature. Born into a poor family that lived by picking cotton and fruit, she became the first African American literature professor at the University of California, San Diego. She is known for her works…

Catherine Esther Beecher on Exercise

Woman’s great mission is to train immature, weak, and ignorant creatures to obey the laws of God; the physical, the intellectual, the social, and the moral. Catherine Beecher Born in 1800 into the famous Beecher clan which included Harriet Beecher Stowe of Uncle Tom’s Cabin fame and the infamous preacher…

Ann Patchett on Playing the Piano

What would you do if you were named one of Time’s 100 most influential people?  For Ann Patchett the choice is to keep writing and run a bookstore – Parnassos Books in Nashville, Tennessee. “I’m never lonely around books,” she has said about bookstores. “It’s the world of endless possibility…

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