Let’s Face It, I’m a Book Nerd

On Monday, February 11, 2019, I had the opportunity of meeting Katharine Smyth, the author of All the Lives We Ever Lived, Seeking Solace in Virginia Woolf, She’s written a moving memoir of her father and how she grieved in the aftermath of his death. Before you think I have this inside track to established writers, I don’t. Katharine’s mother is a friend of one of my book club friends. And Katharine graciously accepted her invitation to come and talk to us.
Have you ever read a book and wanted to ask the author a question?

Like, how did you come up with the idea to write this book? Or, is there any part of this book that is biographical? Or, what made you pick this time in history as a backdrop to your story? Well, maybe you haven’t but I sure as heck have. And getting to ask Katharine questions about her book last Monday evening had me feeling like it was my birthday and I got the one and the only gift I truly wanted.

Ok, ok, I can see your eyes rolling. I’m getting carried away here. But I admit it; I’m a crazy book nerd.

Books; fiction and non-fiction, have been my teachers. They’ve taught me about far away places, peoples, and cultures that I’d never had the opportunity to explore in person. They’ve given me the ability to see the world through the eyes of others who don’t share my philosophies. They’ve entertained me, they’ve made me sob, they’ve made me laugh, they’ve infuriated me. They’ve opened the door to the world for me, all in brilliant Technicolor and that’s not hyperbole.


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