Special thanks to Lee Gutkind for answering 2 questions about his recently featured book – I Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse
Lee Gutkind, recognized by Vanity Fair as “the Godfather behind creative nonfiction,” is the author and editor of more than 25 books and founder and editor of Creative Nonfiction, the first and largest literary magazine to publish narrative nonfiction exclusively. He is Distinguished Writer-in-Residence in the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes at Arizona State University and a professor in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication. Gutkind has lectured to audiences around the world—from China to the Czech Republic, from Australia to Africa to Egypt. He has appeared on many national radio and televisions shows, including The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central), Good Morning America, National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation and All Things Considered, as well as BBC World. – From Lee’s Homepage
#1 – What has been the response to the book? From nurses? The public?
The response to the book has been overwhelming. We are into our fifth printing and essays in the book were excerpted in many prominent places, such as Salon.com, Slate.com, Parade. com. The book is being assigned in nursing programs. Medical centers have purchased copies to present to their nurses during national nurse week.
#2 – Are you working on any new books/projects you can tell us about?
My newest anthology is SAME TIME NEXT WEEK: True Stories of Working Through Mental Illness. (http://psychcentral.com/lib/same-time-next-week-true-stories-of-working-through-mental-illness/). These essays are by mental health professionals, including nurses, who confronted their own mental health issues and then attempted to help others by going into the field.
Upcoming in a couple of months: Oh, Baby! True Stories About Conception, Adoption, Surrogacy, Pregnancy, Labor and Love.
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