the ways the experience of reading can inform -- and even
transform -- the act of writing is one of the primary
goals of every outreach program sponsored by the National
Below is a list of some of our nation's most distinguished
writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people's
literature. Click on a name to see what they have to say
about the books that changed their lives.
More authors will be added in the coming weeks.
Photos: (from l to r) Lloyd
Alexander, Andrea Barrett, Jacques Barzun,Hayden Carruth,
Ron Chernow, Andres Dubus III, Nikki Giovanni, Ivan
Doig, Stephen King, Kimberly Willis Holt, Joyce Carol
Oates, Geral Stern, Charles Wright.