Thomas Larson is the author of The Saddest Music Ever Written: The Story of Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings" and The Memoir and the Memoirist: Reading and Writing Personal Narrative, Ohio University Press / Swallow Press, now in its third printing. His third book, The Sanctuary of Illness: A Memoir of My Heart Disease, will be published by Excelsior College / Hudson Whitman Press in 2013. He teaches, lectures, and holds workshops on memoir writing throughout the United States.
Larson writes personal essays, memoir, feature articles, book reviews, and literary criticism. For the last twelve years, he has been a contributing writer for the weekly San Diego Reader where he specializes in investigative journalism, narrative nonfiction, and profiles.
His writing has appeared in numerous reviews and journals, among them Tampa Review, The Gettysburg Review, Southwest Review, Antioch Review, Fourth Genre, Amazon.com/Shorts, the Anchor Essay Annual: The Best of 1997, Contrary Magazine online where he does quarterly book reviews, and New Letters where his memoir, "Mrs. Wright’s Bookshop," won the journal’s Reader’s Award for the Essay in 2008.
Seminars and Readings by Thomas Larson
- Reading by Thomas Larson (Wednesday, August 7, 2013)
- Reading by Thomas Larson (Tuesday, August 7, 2012)
- The Semi-fictive Nature of Narrative, Narrators as Personae: A Craft Seminar by Thomas Larson and Mark Neely (Friday, August 3, 2012)