Wednesday, June 17, 2009

What is Donna Jo Napoli reading?

The current featured contributor to Writers Read: Donna Jo Napoli, the award-winning author of many distinguished books for young readers, including The King of Mulberry Street, Daughter of Venice, and the newly released Alligator Bayou. She is also a professor of linguistics at Swarthmore College.

Her recent reading includes a book which prompted this revelation:
I'm writing a book set in India in the 1500s -- and modern books, you might think, would not help me in the least. But I think this book does help because of exactly that -- the steeping in a culture that holds onto ancient ways beside the modern. Also, quite incidentally, the book is riddled with misery -- and I love misery.[read on]
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Writers Read: Donna Jo Napoli.

--Marshal Zeringue