Julie & Julia Week at Women’s Memoir Writing

by Kendra Bonnett on December 28, 2009

catnav-interviews-active-3Post #33 – Women’s Memoirs, Author Conversations – Kendra Bonnett and Matilda Butler

This is treat week at Women’s Memoirs. I think most of us are in that period of limbo that only comes once a year. We’re either enjoying the quiet after the Christmas rush, or Mastering the Artwaiting patiently to launch ourselves madly into that clean slate we call the New Year—full of aspirations, resolutions and wonder at what it holds for us. Then, again, maybe you’re feeling a little of both. We’ve decided to use this time to have a little fun and hint at some of the new things coming to Women’s Memoirs in 2010.

Monday is our usual interview day. We don’t have a new author interview for you this week, but don’t worry. Our hiatus is coming to an end. We will start a new Author Conversations series on January 4th.


Cooking Up Some Memories

I didn’t get to see Julie & Julia when it first came out, but like many I was intrigued with Meryl Streep’s portrayal of Julia Child. I think I bought the DVD the first week it was available. If you haven’t yet seen the movie, I recommend you buy the DVD or order it on Netflix. It’s charming. If you love cooking and memoir, Julie & Julia is a treat.


Actually Julie & Julia should appeal to Women’s Memoirs readers on several levels. The movie is an artful blend of two memoirs—Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell (paperback, Little, Brown, 2009) and My Life in France by Julia Child with her nephew Alex Prud’homme (Knopf, 2006). How can we help but cheer to see a memoir become a mainstream success?


Second, the connection between memoir and food/cooking is one that is near and dear to Matilda’s and my heart. We’ve been posting our KitchenScraps on Women’s Memoirs for months now. During December, we’ve published some wonder Christmas memories and treasured family recipes. We hope you’ll check them out. KitchenScraps is the first series in what we call ScrapMoir, which combines some of the best elements of memoir and scrapbooking. We’re always looking for new stories that combine family and food memories with photographs and, of course, a recipe. I’ll share more of our thoughts on this tomorrow and include a writing prompt for you.

Finally, the book Julie & Julia is one of the early examples of a blog morphing into a book deal. This one was particularly successful since it also led to a movie. I’ll write more about this on Friday as part of Women’s Memoirs Book Business.

This Is Interview Monday, After All…

Although Matilda and I don’t have a new Author Conversations for you this week, I scoured YouTube to find a couple of interviews for you. The first is an excerpt from an Archive of American Television interview with Julia Child (June, 1999). It’s particularly fun because she takes us briefly into her kitchen.

The second clip is Wine Spectator’s interview with Julie Powell. She discusses how her life was changed by her project. Wait until you see her beat-up copy of Julia’s book. That volume has most definitely been through the cooking wars. Julie also talks about a few of the movie’s departures from her story. I think it’s fair to say that director and film writer Nora Ephron sanitized Julie’s blog and story just a bit.

Enjoy!

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We’ve put up links to Julie & Julia (the DVD and the book) and to Julia Child’s incomparable Mastering the Art of French Cooking and My Life in France. We are an Amazon affiliate, and while your price remains the same whether you order through us or not, we do earn a small percentage of the sale when you click on any of the links on this page. So if you are thinking of buying any of these products and do not object to Women’s Memoirs making a small bit off your purchases, we’d be pleased to have you use our links.

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