Writers Who Read
#41

1 May 2022

Intimacies
by Katie Kitamura

Agenda



  • Why We're Here

  • Literary Forensics
  •     - What do I bring?
  •     - What do I feel?
  •     - What do I notice?
  •     - What do I want to learn?

  • Next Month's Reading & Study


Why We're Here

We Writers want to improve our craft

by Reading like a Writer

through Literary Forensics training

we learn from each other

Roundtable Rules

Always refer back to the book

We practice active listening & serendipity

Every feeling and observation is valid...
but not every conclusion

Always refer back to the book

Literary Forensics

 

What do I bring?

What do I feel?

What do I notice?

What do I want to learn?

Literary Forensics

 

What do I bring?

What do I feel?

What do I notice?

What do I want to learn?

Introductions

What do I bring
to this book?

Meet today's author: Katie Kitamura

  • Education
  • Undergrad: Princeton; PhD in American literature, London Consortium
  • Thesis: The Aesthetics of Vulgarity and the Modern American Novel (2004)

  • Writes for
  • The Guardian, The New York Times, and Wired
  • - Articles on mixed martial arts, film criticism and analysis, and art

  • 4 Novels
  • The Longshot, 2009
  • Gone to the Forest, 2013
  • A Separation, 2017
  • Intimacies, 2021

  • 1 Memoir
  • Japanese for Travellers: A Journey, 2006

“An intimacy that’s forced upon you is a form of violence.”
- Katie Kitamura

Literary Forensics

 

What do I bring?

What do I feel?

What do I notice?

What do I want to learn?

What do I feel?

What in the book elicited that feeling?

Every feeling and observation is valid...
but every conclusion should be questioned

We practice serendipity
- nothing is too crazy

Always refer back to the book

Literary Forensics

 

What do I bring?

What do I feel?

What do I notice?

What do I want to learn?

What do I notice?


  •    • Language and Grammar

  •    • Context

  •    • Point of view

  •    • Character & character development

  •    • Horizontal structure

  •    • Pacing

  •    • Layering of themes

  •    • Overall effect

What is
Vulgarity?

Literary Forensics

 

What do I bring?

What do I feel?

What do I notice?

What do I want to learn?

Intimacies - Stats


Marketing: Psychological Literary Fiction; Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Literary Fiction; Women's Psychological Fiction
Genre: Present-Day Archplot Longform
Print Pages: 238; Reading Grade: 8-10
Word count: 52,766; Avg. wds/sent.: 17.75
Lexical Density: 40.93; Flesch Reading Ease: 65.13

POV: Narrator; Person: 1st; Tense: Past

Publish date: July 10, 2021
Publisher: Riverhead
Sold By: Penguin / Random House
Audio book narr.: Traci Kato-Kiriyama (5:26)

Awards: National Bestseller; Longlisted for 2021 National Book Award; New York Times Top 10 of 2021; Barack Obama's 2021 Reading List

Literary Forensics

 

What do I bring?

What do I feel?

What do I notice?

What do I want to learn?

Writers Who Read: Coming Up

June 5: Crossroads - Jonathan Franzen (USA, 2021)
Summer Break
Start back up again on Sunday, September 4
Gary presenting at RMFW Conference Friday, September 9




Thanks to: Boulder Writers Alliance

Contact Gary: hello@garyalanmcbride.com
Literary Forensics Resources

Happy
Sleuthing!