Interview with Betsy Hearne

Monday, October 22, 2007.

Betsy HearneIn the abstract to her 2001 Humanities Lecture, Storied Lives, Betsy Hearne writes:

“Stories tell us who we are. The levels of narrative in our lives range from family anecdote to fairy tale, from worklore to technological mythology. Not only do our personal and social identities grow out of the stories we absorb, but our cultural survival depends on the stories we choose to believe.”

On this edition of Just One More Book, Mark speaks with author and scholar Betsy Hearne about her book Seven Brave Women (review on JOMB) which tells the stories of seven women in her family ranging from her great-great-great-grandmother to her own daughter, how stories impact our development and her thoughts on the evolution of the children’s book industry over the last forty years.

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Photo: University of Illinois

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Comment by diane greenseid

October 27, 2007 @ 11:47 pm

Such an interesting interview with a very thoughtful author. Thanks, Mark and Andrea!

Comment by Just One More Book!!

October 29, 2007 @ 10:00 am

Thanks, Diane!

We were just soooo thrilled to have a chance to speak with such a fountain of knowledge. Chatting with Betsy Hearne could easily take every future episode of JOMB and we’d still have tonnes of her expertise left to explore…

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