The Magic of Memoir is Out!



The Magic of Memoir: Inspiration for the Writing Journey is Out! This past week I received two copies of The Magic of Memoir. They are called contributor’s copies, meaning, I submitted an essay to the anthology and it was accepted, so I get two free copies. Sweet! My essay, “Writing the Silence Away” also won second prize in the contest. Sweet, again.

I opened up the book to a lovely introduction, Therein Lies the Magic, written by both editors: Brooke Warner and Linda Joy Myers. 

I’ll whet your appetite with the first sentence in Brooke and Linda Joy’s introduction.

“Over the many years we’ve been teaching memoir writing–during which Linda Joy has written two of her own memoirs and Brooke has edited and published upward of three hundred memoirs–we’ve encountered three s’s that waylay writers on the way to writing their truths: Secrets, silence, and shame.”

I love these words from Brooke and Linda Joy:

The Magic of Memoir is Out! Linda Joy

They are certainly true in my writing life. Writing is both a journey and a window.

Then I turned the page.

Page 1. “Writing the Silence Away” by Jill Kandel.

Wow. My essay is the first one in the whole book! It’s such a strange thing to have written an essay, sent it in, and then half a year later open up a book, and there it is. REAL. In my hands. It’s an author’s version of thrilling, of scaling the peak, of the ribbon given out at the end of the race.

This book is an anthology.

It’s a compilation from 38 essay contributors and 11 writer interviews. Interviews with great authors I have admired for years and years.

These authors include the phenom Mary Karr, Elizabeth Gilbert,  Dani Shapiro, Sue William Silverman, Azar Nafisi, Hope Edelman, Mark Matousek, Margo Jefferson, Raquel Cepeda and Jessica Valenti!

Hope Edelman, the Magic of Memoir is Out. Jill KandelThe Magic of Memoir is Out! Dani Shapiro, Jill Kandel

What? I am in a book with Mary Karr, Dani Shaprio, Sue William Silverman and Elizabeth Gilbert!

The titles of the essays give insight into the book’s focus.

  • The Journey of the Two-Hundred-Thousand-Word Memoir
  • My Twenty-Three Year Project
  • Trust the Process and Find the Thread
  • Doing it Wrong Till You Get It Right
  • By the Grace of God, I Write Memoir

The rad team at She Writes Press created some great memes, taking quotes out of each author’s essay or interview.

Sue William Silverman, The Magic of Memoir is Out. Jill Kandel   meme-magic14

They even made me my very own meme!

The Magic of Memoir is Out! Jill Kandel

Intrigued? Check it out! The Magic of Memoir Website.  The Magic of Memoir at Amazon. 

Many thanks to the hardworking staff at She Writes Press. 

(p.s., if you buy a copy, please be sure to leave an Amazon Review. They really do help.)

Jill Kandel
  • Ingrid Lochamire
    Posted at 09:52h, 15 November Reply

    Congratulations, Jill! I am going after my copy right away and looking forward to this collection. You inspire and encourage me to seize the truth that our stories matter. Bless you!

    • Jill Kandel
      Posted at 15:51h, 15 November Reply

      Thank you, Ingrid! You inspire and encourage me, too. Miss you.

  • Beverly Sondag
    Posted at 12:38h, 15 November Reply

    Congrats Jill!

    • Jill Kandel
      Posted at 15:49h, 15 November Reply

      Thank you, Bev. I’m still kind of in shock (in the good sense) of being in a book with so many of my writing heroes!

  • Diane McElwain
    Posted at 12:46h, 15 November Reply

    How great for you Jill! Congratulations!

    • Jill Kandel
      Posted at 13:12h, 15 November Reply

      Thank you, Diane! It’s exciting to have another essay in print!

  • Alison Dale
    Posted at 23:43h, 15 November Reply

    Really inviting introduction to the book, Jill. Great way to share it! Thanks for the example!

    • Jill Kandel
      Posted at 08:35h, 16 November Reply

      Thank you, Alsion! I enjoyed writing this blog. Partly, I am really excited to be in this anthology. And partly, I just love the other authors and writing in it and am so happy for every author represented here. We spend most of our writing time alone, so it’s fun to come out into the ‘light’ once in awhile!!

  • Elisa Anderson
    Posted at 09:22h, 16 November Reply

    Way to go Jill. I am super excited for you. Every time I read something you write I am inspired. Thank you for the hard work that I know you put into all the writing you do.

    • Jill Kandel
      Posted at 11:25h, 16 November Reply

      Thank you, Elisa! It is hard work, but I enjoy it, too.

  • Jan VanKooten
    Posted at 13:06h, 16 November Reply

    S(ah)weet! I’m thrilled for you and proud to know you. To re-use your Dory-ism (“Just keep biking ….” ), just keep writing, just keep writing, just keep writing …. and keep having fun doing it!

  • Kate Hartford
    Posted at 15:52h, 16 November Reply

    Congratulations, Jill! Looking forward to reading it.

  • Evelyn Kohl LaTorre
    Posted at 18:33h, 07 December Reply

    I read your essay when it popped up on Amazon. I bought the anthology so I can share your story whenever I want–and read the others. Now, I’ll be ordering your book. Thank you for writing. (I just finished my memoir, No Guardrails, which is being edited.)

    • Jill Kandel
      Posted at 09:17h, 10 December Reply

      Thank you, Evelyn! And congratulations with finishing your manuscript! No one but a writer understands what a large accomplishment that is. Embrace the edits!

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