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THE MOMENT book is out!

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

By Larry Smith

The Moment, a new book from SMITH Magazine, has arrived. The Moment: Wild, Poignant, Life-Changing Stories from 125 Writers and Artists Famous & Obscure (Harper Perennial) starts in the middle of blazing fire and ends in Disneyland. In between are 125 moving, personal stories about opportunities, serendipities, epiphanies and calamities that had a profound impact on a single life. SMITH editor Larry Smith talks about The Moment on NPR’s Talk of the Nation today (Jan. 3).

The stories in The Moment come in a wide range of forms from an amazing group of storytellers. The “moments” in this collection are told in written narratives, photographs, comics, illustrations, handwritten letters, and tweets; they come from the personal histories of bestselling authors Jennifer Egan, Dave Eggers, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Gregory Maguire; musicians Melissa Etheridge and Judy Collins; 100-year-old journalism legend Ruth Gruber; up-and-coming new voices such as Benjamin Percy, Tao Lin and Saïd Sayrafiezadeh; and many people published for the first time anywhere, who, like all of us, have a life-changing story.

Readings: See some of our favorite Moment storytellers in action at readings in Manhattan, Brooklyn and San Francisco, with more dates to be announced on our event page. At the end of each event, members of the audience are invited to share the first line of their own life-changing moment. and submit a longer story on SMITH Magazine’s ongoing Moment project.

Buy the book. Give The Moment to someone special in your life and then ask the best question in the world: What’s your Moment?

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