Author of "Florida" and "Fates and Furies" reads Upper Valley this month
This week’s “3 Questions” features Lauren Groff, bestselling author of the novels The Monsters of Templeton, Arcadia and Fates and Furies, and the short story collection Delicate Edible Birds. Ms. Groff has won the PEN/O’Henry Prize,and was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Ms. Groff’s most recent novel is Florida, of which the critics have said, “Storms, snakes, sinkholes, and secrets: In Lauren Groff’s Florida, the hot sun shines, but a wild darkness lurks. Florida is a “superlative” book” – Boston Globe, “gorgeously weird and limber” – New Yorker, and “brooding, inventive and often moving” – NPR Fresh Air. Ms. Groff lives with her family in Gainesville, Florida, but will be reading on July 19th (with Fairlee resident and author Christopher Wren) as part of The Meetinghouse Readings in Canaan. These readings are held at 7:30 p.m. on four Thursday evenings in July and early August, and are free and open to the public; no reservations needed. Please call 802-649-1114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and/or to secure your copies of Ms. Groff’s works.
1.What three books have helped shape you into the writer you are today, and why?
Emily Dickinson’s Collected Poems taught me to love poetry and enigma. George Eliot’s Middlemarch is a book I reread every year to remind myself what wisdom and warmth look like in a novel. Anne Carson’s Autobiography of Redtaught me that writers should risk everything because the reward can be so thrilling.
2.What author (living or dead) would you most like to have a cup of coffee with and why?
I’d love to have a cup of coffee with Virginia Woolf to try to understand the brain that could write a book so colossal and world-rearranging as To The Lighthouse.
3.What books are currently on your bedside table?
I’m in a renovated barn in Orford, New Hampshire with so little furniture there’s no bedside table. But I’m doing a large project on the largely forgotten writer Nancy Hale and am reading all of her books right now. [Editor’s note: Ms. Hale’s books are unfortunately out of print so you wont find them at the Norwich Bookstore.]
As part of our mission to promote authors, the joy of reading, and to better understand the craft of writing, 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. 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 and will encourage readers to attend these special author events and read their books.