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    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 […]

    What would she read if incarcerated? And some other burning questions for Megan Mayhew Bergman.

    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…? 9781451643350 What would she read if incarcerated? And some other burning questions for Megan Mayhew Bergman.

    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?

    MMB: I loved The Secret Garden, Little Women, The Westing Game, Are You There God (It’s Me, Margaret), anything Nancy Drew.  Theme:  Girls with agency, or seeking it.

    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?

    MMB: Nick Flynn’s The Ticking is the Bomb. Jennifer Egan’s Goon Squad.  Karen Russell’s St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves.  (Okay, that’s 2007, but I’m going to squeeze it in there.)

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