On Saturday, March 10 at 7 pm we welcome Megan Mayhew Bergman with her collection Birds of a Lesser Paradise (read one of the many kudos pouring in: Just Read It: Birds of a Lesser Paradise) We posed a few questions to her as a howdy-do. Our takeaway: she writes beautifully, she’s funny, as a child she wanted Nancy Drew’s hair…?
Read on, enjoy, and see you Saturday!
Northshire: What book you would take with you if you were sent to jail?
MMB: What did I do? Is this an unjust incarceration or did I have it coming? Both are plausible, really.
I’d say Go Down, Moses by Faulkner. There is so much beauty, depth, and complexity there, and I don’t think I’ve ever been able to reap it all, or enough (who gets all of Faulkner?). I’m sure my takeaways would benefit from, uh, multiple re-readings in the dim light of a cell
Northshire: Do you have a literary hero/heroine?
MMB: I can’t lie – early on there was no one else for me but Nancy Drew. I wanted her hair, her convertible, her mysterious encounters with old clocks and stairways. She, along with her friend George, was so sporting, so competent.
As a more mature reader, I’m always bewildered and enchanted by Thoreau. Whenever I read “Walking” I marvel at how well he’s said all the things I feel.
Northshire: What was your favorite book as a child?
I also had a bad habit of thumbing through my mother’s beach novels and stumbling across passages I was not yet equipped to understand.
Northshire: What are 3 of your favorite books of the last 3 years?
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