I attended the Family Literacy Symposium at the Provo Library on Saturday with my daughter April and enjoyed listening to an author I admire. Leif Enger, author of Peace Like A River gave the keynote address. It felt more like a one-on-one chat with someone who loves stories as much as I do.
Some of the insights he shared that I most enjoyed were:
"We need stories."
"Our lives are literature."
"We enter as minor characters in the middle chapters."
"If you want to get someone's attention say these words, 'Once upon a time.'
"Most of us see the chance of failure as danger. But failure teaches us . . . things like humility."
"Some books will build you up and some will tear you down. They are both your friends."
"Have you ever noticed that fanatics never have a sense of humor."
"Whimsy became necessary for my enjoyment of the world."
"As a child and teenager I was invisible. Invisible people make good writers."
"We write and read fiction to understand what we think about things."
"Why is God so often quiet?"