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Colin Harrison on the Novelist's Craft

September 11, 2009 | CUNY Lecture Series, Kingsborough Community College

There is no secret formula to writing a best-selling book, but Colin Harrison, author of six novels — four of them named notable books by The New York Times Book Review — grasps what readers want. Best known for crime stories set in New York City, Harrison, also a Scribner’s senior editor, has won fans worldwide with fresh plot twists and colorful characters. In his talk “Confessions of a Magpie,” at the Best-Selling Author Series at Kingsborough Community College, Harrison likened the novelist to the bird known for building its nest from a wide assortment of things. “Novelists collect fragments, images and moments they observe,” he explained, “because there might be something about that person that is useful for a story.”
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