T.J. Stiles has won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography and the National Book Award for Nonfiction—but those are just the facts. As Stiles shows in his books and will discuss in this session, biographies are so much more than mere facts. How does he bring characters to life? Why, in his most recent biography, "Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of America," did he spend relatively little time on the "last stand"?
Porter Shreve is the author of four novels: "The Obituary Writer," "Drives Like a Dream," "When the White House Was Ours" and, most recently, "The End of the Book." He has been a guest on several NPR programs, and his fiction has been on various notable books of the year lists, including the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and the San Francisco Chronicle. He teaches in the MFA in Writing program and directs the MA in Professional Communication program at the University of San Francisco.
T. J. Stiles
T.J. Stiles, called “a superb researcher” by the Washington Post, won the 2010 Pulitzer for Biography and the 2009 National Book Award for Nonfiction for The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt. His new book is Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America. A Guggenheim fellow, he has taught creative nonfiction at Columbia.