Before the showing of Les Amours d'Astrée et de Céladon at the Clay theater for the San Francisco International Film Festival. She was delighted to have her photo taken. Books, she said, are her mission.
Reading So Many Ways To Begin, by Jon McGregor, which she got at the Mechanics' Institute Library, a membership library in downtown San Francisco. They have a lot of specialized books, but also fiction, and they have special events, like author talks and films and chess tournaments. The library makes her feel priviledged--it’s like being part of a private club.
Her favorite book? Tough question! She reads about ten books a week and doesn’t have a favorite. A good author she read recently was Denise Mina, who is Scottish.
As a child, growing up in Germany, she read a lot of American westerns by the German author, Karl May. How he wrote them, she doesn’t know, but he got it, she said, exactly right. In Germany there are no praries, deserts, sand storms, but when she read the books, she said the descriptions were perfect--“you can feel those horses pounding.” She re-read the books when she moved to the United States.