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Ruth Dickey is the
Executive Director of
Seattle Arts & Lectures, an avid reader, an ardent fan of independent bookstores, the
original inspiration for this column, the only person
to have done this column twice, and our current Poet in Residence for January. We've
published two of her poems so far this month: "San Jose, Costa Rica", and "Seattle Winter".
What are you reading now?
Carmen Maria Machado,
Her Body and Other Parties
– I’m late to the party on this one but am loving these haunting
stories, and can’t wait to
hear her speak on 1/24.
Jodi Kantor and Megan Towhey
– I’m so excited to be
hosting these brilliant journalists at the end of the
What did you read last?
As we crossed into 2020, I read a lot of books (helped by a
5-hour delay in O’Hare on the way to NC – thank goodness for
airport bookstores!). And also when it feels like the world is
imploding, I found myself looking for engrossing reads,
intricate plots, and insight about love:
In the Dream House
by Carmen Maria Machado – structurally brilliant and I can’t
stop thinking about this book.
Life After Life
by Kate Atkinson – speaking of structurally brilliant, Rebecca
Hoogs (SAL’s Associate Director) loaned me this one literally
four years ago and I just read it - amazing.
Nothing to See Here
by Kevin Wilson – Robin Reagler, Executive Director of
WITS Houston, recommended this one and I gobbled it up after finding it
at an airport bookstore (and I should note the bookseller
actually asked me where I heard of it because he’d sold so
many copies the day I bought mine).
History of Love
– having finished all the books I’d packed, I picked this up
at Bookmarks in Winston-Salem, NC, because several folks I
admire had raved about it.
What are you reading next?
I’m always asking folks for their recommendations and adding to
my ever-growing stacks of things I want to read. For some reason
I’ve been craving nonfiction, and so on the top of my current