3 Questions with Steve Nelson


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Lisa and Lisa of The Book Jam

A Chance to Meet Mr. Nelson at 7 pm on Wednesday, February 8 at the Norwich Bookstore

As part of our mission to promote authors, the joy of reading, and to help independent booksellers, The Book Jam has paired with the The Norwich Bookstore in Norwich, Vermont to present an ongoing series entitled “3 Questions”. In it, we pose three questions to authors with upcoming visits to the bookstore. (We have a rotating list of six possible questions to ask just to keep things interesting.) Their responses are posted on The Book Jam during the days leading up to their engagement. Our hope is that this exchange will offer insight into their work, will encourage readers to attend these special author events, and ultimately, will inspire some great reading.

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We added a Friday post so that we could feature Steve Nelson, Head of School at the Calhoun School, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. In addition to serving as a Valley News columnist, Mr. Nelson has been a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and worked as an administrator at Vermont Law School and Landmark College.

First, Do No Harm: Progressive Education in a Time of Existential Risk Cover ImageMr. Nelson will visit the Norwich Bookstore in Norwich, Vermont at 7 pm on February 8th to discuss First, Do No Harm. The event is free and open to the public. However, reservations are recommended as space is limited.  Call 802-649-1114 or email info@norwichbookstore.com to save your seat.

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1.  What three books have helped shape you into the author you are today, and why?

The books are more about shaping the way I think about things than they are about me as an author.
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  • The Magic Years by Selma Fraiberg - I read this as an undergraduate and it inspired a lifelong interest in children (including my own), how they develop and how we should love and nurture them.
  • Amazing Grace by Jonathan Kozol - As with other Kozol books, Amazing Grace is beautifully written and should inspire loving outrage in any human.
  • Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences by Howard Gardner - Mr. Gardner's work should have changed how we see other humans and how we educate children.  It hasn't, and it's a shame.
 
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2. What author (living or dead) would you most like to have a cup of coffee with and why?
 
Tom Robbins - because the coffee might be spiked with something that could make me as imaginative a writer as he.
 
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3. What books are currently on your bedside table?
 
American War by Omar El Akkad and The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes.

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