Select books by Dan Wakefield

"A precise and moving recreation of a time and a place when the world seemed small and we knew everyone in it."

- Joan Didion

"What a wonderful book is Dan Wakefield’s The Story of Your Life. It will help many people to write their own spiritual autobiographies... And I suspect that many readers are going to want to take one of Wakefield’s workshops in writing your spiritual autobiography."

- Madeline L’Engle, Author of A Wrinkle in Time

"Wonderful, sad and funny; a scathing portrait of middle America through the eyes of a new fictional character who will inevitably be compared to Portnoy and Holden Caulfield"

- Gay Talese

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From the Blog of Dan Wakefield

Thursday, June 27, 2019 Published in Books and Writers

I thought I would never feel again the kind of creative ferment that made New York in the Fifties so unique and exciting. It was centered in Greenwich Village, where Jose Quintero was directing “The Iceman Cometh” at The Circle in the Square Theatre.

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Monday, May 13, 2019 Published in Books and Writers

Jim Powell, the longtime IUPUI professor and founder of The Indiana Writers Center, has published a book of short stories with a very fitting title: Only Witness. That is the true calling of the writer - to be a witness to the people and the world around him or her...

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Wednesday, December 26, 2018 Published in Books and Writers

Since I have edited and written introductions to three books of Vonnegut’s works, and I had the pleasure of knowing him for more than forty years, it was assumed I would know all the answers. I didn’t.

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Friday, June 7, 2019 Published in Coming Home

Five years ago, a man called me and began with an apology. “I’m sure you get too many of these,” he said. “But I have to call you because I am writing a book on the Emmett Till murder trial, and you are the only one who was at the trial and is still alive.”

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019 Published in Coming Home

Tuesday, May 21st, 7:15 pm This event is free and open to the public. Kurt’s Karass: Dan Wakefield, a 35 minute short documentary about Kurt Vonnegut Jr, will be followed by a panel discussion featuring the star of the...

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Monday, April 15, 2019 Published in Coming Home

At the next “Uncle Dan and Sophie Jam”, we'll explore how songs inspire stories that become novels or memoirs, and learn how music is now being used in therapy with people who have Alzheimers, and with autistic patients.

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Be kind; for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.

– Philo of Alexandria

Dan Wakefield

Dan Wakefield