2021 KEYNOTE TALK
“Weekly Deadlines: A Personal History of The Washington Post Book World”
Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Dirda recalls some of the books, people, and events in his 43 years as an editor and literary journalist. All of his stories are true––more or less.
Michael Dirda is a Pulitzer Prize-winning critic for The Washington Post Book World, where he has worked since 1978, first as an editor and then as a writer. His weekly reviews and essays now appear each Thursday in the paper's Style section. Dirda is the author of the memoir An Open Book: Coming of Age in the Heartland (2003) and of five collections of essays––Readings: Essays and Literary Entertainments (2000), Bound to Please (2005), Book by Book: Notes on Reading and Life (2005), Classics for Pleasure (2007), and Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living With Books (2015)––as well as the Edgar Award-winning On Conan Doyle; or The Whole Art of Storytelling (2011). He is currently finishing a study of late Victorian and early twentieth-century popular fiction in Britain, tentatively titled "The Great Age of Storytelling."