Jay Kirk

Jay Kirk
Rene Micheli

Jay Kirk's nonfiction has been published in Harper's, GQ, The New York Times Magazine, and The Nation. His work has been anthologized in Best American Crime Writing 2003 and 2004, and Best American Travel Writing 2009 (edited by Simon Winchester). He is a recipient of a 2005 Pew Fellowship in the Arts and is a MacDowell Fellow. He teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Jay Kirk on writing Kingdom Under Glass

Hear author Jay Kirk discuss his book Kingdom Under Glass. This epic account of an extraordinary life follows the adventures of legendary explorer and taxidermist Carl Akeley, who revolutionized taxidermy and environmental conservation and created the famed African Hall at New York’s Museum of Natural History.

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Q & A

Where are you from?
Burlington, VT

Who are your favorite writers?
Denis Johnson; Cormac McCarthy; Lawrence Weschler; Saul Bellow; Nabokov; Philip Roth; Melville; Faulkner;

What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
If you want to be a writer, don't think about a back-up plan: back yourself up against a cliff.

What is your favorite quote?
"Do not hurry, do not rest."—Goethe

What is the question most commonly asked by your readers? What is the answer?
Q: How do you really know what your characters are thinking inside?
A: I ask them, or read their diaries.

What inspired you to write your first book?
Morbid curiosity.

Where do you write?
In bed. At cafes that play really loud music.


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Kingdom Under Glass

Jay Kirk

In this epic account of an extraordinary life lived during remarkable times, Jay Kirk follows the adventures of legendary explorer and taxidermist Carl Akeley,...

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