Peter Turchi - A Muse and A Maze: Writing as Puzzle, Mystery, and Magic

02/28/2015 5:00 pm
America/Denver

The follow-up to the bestselling Maps of the Imagination, connecting puzzles, mystery, and magic to the art of writing. With his characteristic genius for finding connections between writing and the stuff of our lives, Peter Turchi ventures into new and even more surprising territory. In A Muse and a Maze, Turchi draws out the similarities between writing and puzzle making and its flip side, puzzle solving. As he teases out how mystery lies at the heart of all storytelling, he uncovers the magic— the creation of credible illusion—that writers share with the likes of Houdini and master magicians.

In Turchi’s associative narrative, we learn about the history of puzzles and their obsessive quality, and that Benjamin Franklin was a devotee of an ancient precursor of sudoku called Magic Squares. Applying this rich backdrop to the requirements of writing, Turchi reveals as much about the human psyche as he does about the literary imagination and the creative process. This much anticipated follow-up to Turchi's bestselling Maps of the Imagination is a joy for readers (and writers!) of any genre, helping them navigate the fine line between the real and the perceived, between the everyday and the wondrous.

Called "one of the country's foremost thinkers on the art of writing" by the Houston Chronicle, Peter Turchi's books include Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer; Suburban Journals: The Sketchbooks, Drawings, and Prints of Charles Ritchie, in collaboration with the artist; a novel, The Girls Next Door; and a collection of stories, Magician. Turchi's short story "Night, Truck, Two Lights Burning," was listed as one of 100 Notable Stories of 2002 by the editors of Best American Short Stories and one of 15 Recommended Stories by the jury for the O. Henry Prize Stories. He has also coedited, with Andrea Barrett, A Kite in the Wind: Fiction Writers on Their Craft and The Story Behind the Story: 26 Stories by Contemporary Writers and How They Work; and, with Charles Baxter, Bringing the Devil to His Knees: The Craft of Fiction and the Writing Life. Turchi's stories have appeared in Ploughshares, Story, the Alaska Quarterly Review, Puerto del Sol, and the Colorado Review. He has received Washington College's Sophie Kerr Prize, an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award, North Carolina's Sir Walter Raleigh Award, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. From 1993 to 2008 he directed the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC. Turchi recently taught at Arizona State Univ, where he was director of the creative writing program, and he's currently a professor of creative writing at the University of Houston.

$29.95
ISBN-13: 9781595341938
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Trinity University Press, 9/2014

Location: 
Street:
202 Galisteo Street
City:
Santa Fe
,
Province:
New Mexico
Postal Code:
87501-6415
Country:
United States
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