Susan, may we quote you? In an interview with the Dallas Morning News, Susan Orlean defines the theme for the narrative nonfiction faction:
There’s a difference between literary nonfiction and nonfiction books. Literary nonfiction is not simply a flood of information. A lot of these books are basically travels into a subculture, even if it’s not a physical journey somewhere exotic.
There’s nothing more exotic or strange than looking into another
person’s life – and finding this world that was right next to me. It’s a challenging form. So much of its success relies on its execution. Almost anyone can Google a subject and get all the facts. It’s the writer who makes something of them.
Orlean is speaking at the first Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Writers Conference of the Southwest in Texas.