Hungry for some great nonfiction reads? We're celebrating this year's Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction with our Cook Up a Literary Feast contest. Submit your own personalized menu of nonfiction treats for a chance to win great prizes, including President's Choice gift cards and a tablet computer.
As we head towards the gala on October 21, we'll be featuring entries from the jurors and shortlisted authors. Here we have This Great Escape author Andrew Steinmetz's reading menu!
Appetizer: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Main Course: The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer
Dessert: But Beautiful by Geoff Dyer
Menu theme: Blood, Sweat, and Tears. Lots of blood here: three courses of nonfiction for those who prefer their steak rare, or raw, as in steak tartare. Lots of sweat, too: which is what you can expect from groundbreaking books about murders and murderers, around which the controversies -- tied to their style and questions about their veracity - never seem to die. Tears are what you might expect to shed after reading Dyer's gritty portraits of eight Jazz musicians, including Thelonious Monk, Art Pepper, and Lester Young. Not a crime book like the other two, But Beautiful depicts how some creative lives can be murder.