Joyce Johnson, 8th Annual ODU Literary Festival


Joyce Johnson

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



Webb University Center; Batten Arts and Letters Building

Author/Artist Bio

Winner of the 1983 National Book Critics Award for best autobiography, Joyce Johnson's Minor Characters--a memoir of a young woman of the 195Os in the Beat orbit of Jack Kerouac--has been hailed as "a brilliantly written and glittering book about being young and brave and hungry for life and adventure. It is also a compelling remembrance of a time, a place, and the men and women who would become famous as the Beat Generation." In addition to her autobiography, Johnson has also published two novels, Come and Join the Dance and Bad Connections, the latter described by E.L. Doctorow as a "sad, beautiful casebook of unrequited love, unrequited humanity." Equally well respected for her work as an editor, Johnson has worked in publishing since 1965 and is currently Senior Editor at The Atlantic Monthly Press. On Wednesday afternoon Johnson will speak on The Role of the Editor in Book Publishing" and on Wednesday evening she will read from her own work.


Johnson read on Wednesday, October 9th, 1985 at 2:00 p.m. in University Webb Center and 8:00 p.m. in Batten Arts and Letters.


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