August 22, Friday evening -- Reading Merrill Markoe

At the Revolution Cafe in the Mission District

Reading It's my F--ing Birthday, by Merrill Markoe, which she got this afternoon just down the street at Forest Books on Valencia--it was a sunny day and she was looking for something to read. The author won five Emmys as head writer for the Late Night with David Letterman show.

Her favorite book of all time--The Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milan Kundera. She likes the idea the author introduces, that life, unfortunately, cannot be first lived in pencil and then redone in pen.

Recently she read and loved The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger.

If she were to write her own book? Actually, she is. It's a children's book and she's also doing the illustrations. She's an artist. The story is inspired the little dog on her lap who, in the story, wants to be even smaller. He wants to be a lady bug, so he can hide and, even better, so that he can fly.

When she was a child she liked Shel Silverstein and Roald Dahl, especially his book Matilda, about a child prodigy who loves to read.

A favorite Dutch writer (she's Dutch)-- Thea Beckman, who writes adventure books for children and teenagers.

Have you read any Dutch authors?

3 Comments:

Marit said...

Yes! Carry Slee, Connie Palmen, Yvonne van Keulen, Joke Verweerd, Renate Dorrestein, to name a few! No idea if these authors have been translated to english though....

Special K said...

Mmm... I see everyone's wearing a jacket. Ah, San Francisco...

alex said...

Pencils are for the meek.