What’s the first book you remember reading?
Whoa. Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes.
What’s the most recent book you have read or what are you reading right now?
I’m reading Timebends, Arthur Miller’s autobiography.
Why did you choose that book?
I had tickets to one of his lesser-performed plays and I wanted to read about the play. Then, I became seduced into the era, the powerful writing, the astonishing insights into mid-century America, and I have been savoring it, bit by bit, over a period of nearly a year. I am simultaneously reading a roman a clef, Aloha, Mozart, written by a very talented, promising Hawaiian author who died suddenly after this was published. And one of Nigel Slater’s remarkable books on cooking, Appetite.
If you could meet one book character or one author, who would you like it to be and why?
Probably Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain). He worked his entire life, had to write and speak in later years because he made bad investments, he lived all over, in the midwest, the northeast, the south, the California gold country, he loved his family, loved all kinds of people, suffered real tragedies and knew the difference between self-pity and grief. And, of course, he was funny.
You can only choose five books for your bookshelf. What are they?
I’ll omit the obvious: dictionary, Bible, and the books I have written. Barbara Tuchman’s The Guns of August, the Alice B. Toklas Cookbook, Robert McKee’s Story, Simon Winchester’s Krakatoa, and the collected poems of W. B. Yeats.
I’ve been writing (newspaper columns, essays, and books) and editing (magazines) for over 50 years. After 35 years of living and working in Los Angeles, New York, and Portland, I inherited the family farm in far-northern California and returned to the hometown of 1,500 people where I was born.
Join the movement!
I want to promote reading. I know there are so many out there who have read a book and thought, this is something others need to know about. Reading encourages a lifelong passion for learning. #carolinareads is a movement that will give readers a chance to share what they are reading. There is a five question interview. I will share it on my website and give you a chance to not only promote your love of reading but also to promote yourself as you can include a website in your two sentence biography. Don’t live in the Carolinas? Well, do you know someone who does (hint: the person who created this form) you can still participate. Submit the form and I’ll let you know the date of your spotlight. Spread the word! Join the movement. Please email a picture if you would like it to be included.