Daniel Alarcón
Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 7:00 P.M., City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco


THE SECRET MIRACLE: The Novelist's Handbook

edited by Daniel Alarcón

published by Henry Holt

Daniel Alarcón brings together the world's best contemporary writers—from Michael Chabon and Claire Messud to Jonathan Lethem and Amy Tan—engage in a wide-ranging, insightful, and oft surprising roundtable discussion on the art of writing fiction.

Drawing back the curtain on the mysterious process of writing novels, THE SECRET MIRACLEbrings together the foremost practitioners of the craft to discuss how they write. Literary stars like Paul Auster, Roddy Doyle, Allegra Goodman, Aleksandar Hemon, Mario Vargas Llosa, Susan Minot, Rick Moody, Haruki Murakami, George Pelecanos, Gary Shteyngart, and others take us step by step through the alchemy of writing fiction, answering everything from nuts-and bolts queries—"Do you outline?"—to perennial questions posed by writers and readers alike: "What makes a character compelling?"

Daniel Alarcón is the author of Lost City Radio, which was named a 2007 Best Book by the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and others.  He lives in Oakland, CA.