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April 12 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

An Evening with Lane DeGregory


Books & Books


April 12
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Books & Books in Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
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Books & Books presents…


in conversation with

Laura Coffey


“The Girl in the Window” and Other True Tales: An Anthology with Tips for Finding, Reporting, and Writing Nonfiction Narratives 

 (University of Chicago Press, $22.50)

Friday, April 12, 6:30 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables


Books & Books is proud to present an evening with Lane DeGregory presenting her fascinating new book, “The Girl in the Window” and Other True Tales: An Anthology with Tips for Finding, Reporting, and Writing Nonfiction Narratives (University of Chicago Press, $22.50)

This event is FREE and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase the night of the event! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.

About the Book:

Part anthology and part craft guide, this collection of pieces from the Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist offers something for readers and writers alike. Lane DeGregory loves true stories, intimate details, and big ideas. In her three-decade career as a journalist, she has published more than 3,000 stories and won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. Her acclaimed work in the Tampa Bay Times often takes her to the edges of society, where she paints empathetic portraits of real-life characters like a 99-year-old man who still works cleaning a seafood warehouse, a young couple on a bus escaping winter, and a child in the midst of adoption. In “The Girl in the Window” and Other True Tales, DeGregory not only offers up the first collection of her most unforgettable newspaper features—she pulls back the curtain on how to write narrative nonfiction.

This book—part anthology, part craft guide—provides a forensic reading of twenty-four of DeGregory’s singular stories, illustrating her tips for writers alongside pieces that put those elements under the microscope. Each of the pieces gathered here—including the Pulitzer Prize–winning title story—is accompanied by notes on how she built the story, plus tips on how nonfiction writers at all levels can do the same. Featuring a foreword by Beth Macy, author of the acclaimed Dopesick, this book is sure to delight fans of DeGregory’s writing, as well as introduce her to readers and writers who have not yet discovered her inspiring body of work.


About the Author:

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lane DeGregory is a listener, a writer, a teacher. She loves true stories, intimate details and big ideas. She interviews strangers and writes about real people, some famous, but mostly folks struggling in the shadows. In 30 years, she has shared more than 3,000 stories in newspapers and magazines. A feature writer at the Tampa Bay Times since 2000, Lane also is the author of the nonfiction book “The Girl in the Window” and Other True Tales, a collection of her unforgettable Florida stories. Lane teaches at the Poynter Institute and journalism conferences around the world, and she shares narrative nonfiction writing tips on her podcast, WriteLane.

About the Moderator:

Laura T. Coffey is a senior editor and feature writer with more than 30 years of journalism experience at NBC’s TODAY show, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Tampa Bay Times and many other publications. She is the president of the Society for Features Journalism and the author of the national bestseller My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts.