Sunday, January 03, 2016

What is Kate Gavino reading?

Featured at Writers Read: Kate Gavino, author of Last Night's Reading: Illustrated Encounters with Extraordinary Authors.

Her entry begins:
I just finished The Odd Woman and the City by Vivian Gornick, which I picked up because, like her, I take incredibly long walks around New York. The book has great insights about friendship, especially the ways we distance even our closest friends. Also, there’s some juicy gossip about the author’s love life, which I am shameless enough to admit always interests me.

Right now I’m reading Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta. I picked it up after seeing the author read in Harlem, and I’m happy I did. I love books with tense mother-daughter relationships, and this one has that in spades. I’m already...[read on]
About Last Night's Reading, from the publisher:
Irresistible illustrations of authors and the charming, wise, and hilarious things they say at their readings

Why do we go to book readings? For a chance to see the authors we love come to life off the page, answering our questions and proving to be the brilliant, witty people we catch glimpses of through their work. Illustrator Kate Gavino captures the wonder of this experience firsthand. At every reading she attends, Kate hand-letters the event’s most memorable quote alongside a charming portrait of the author. In Last Night’s Reading, Kate takes us on her journey through the literary world, sharing illustrated insight from more than one hundred of today’s greatest writers—including Zadie Smith, Junot Diaz, Lev Grossman, Elizabeth Gilbert, and many more—on topics ranging from friendship and humor to creativity and identity. A celebration of authors, reading, and bookstores, this delightful collection is an advice book like no other and a love letter to the joy of seeing your favorite author up close and personal.
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