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As part of our mission to promote authors, the joy of reading, and to better understand the craft of writing, we’ve paired with the The Norwich Bookstore in Norwich, Vermont to present an ongoing series entitled “3 Questions”.  In it, we pose three questions to authors with upcoming visits to the bookstore. Their responses are posted on The Book Jam in the week leading up to their engagement. Our hope is that this exchange will offer insight into their work and will encourage readers to attend these special author events.

Sarah Stewart Taylor

We are excited to welcome author Sarah Stewart Taylor and her first children’s novel – The Expeditioners.  This novel has garnered great advance press with an outstanding Kirkus review  – “Full of kid power, clues, codes and maps, this will appeal to sophisticated readers who appreciate their adventure served with heaping helpings of cleverness.” It also received an independent booksellers designation for recommended children’s books.

Ms. Taylor will launch her new adventure novel for readers aged eight and up – The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man’s Canyon – on Saturday, November 17 from 2-4 pm at The Norwich Bookstore. The event includes exciting activities and snacks for attendees.  While the book is geared for middle grade readers, all ages are welcome during this event.  And, this time, no reservations are required though you can call (802) 649-1114 to pre-order your signed copy of The Expeditioners.

Without further ado, Sarah’s answers to our three questions:

1. What three books have helped shape you into the author you are today, and why?

 West with the Night, by Beryl Markham. The adventure! the romance! the writing! Every time I see it, that green cover sends me right back to the first time I read it, a 13-year-old in the suburbs, curled up with a book that transported her halfway around the world.

 

 

Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe. Because after West with the Night, I read The Flame Trees of Thika, by Elspeth Huxley, and then Hemingway and Isak Dinesen, and Chinua Achebe made me ask necessary questions about those books that I loved.

 

Possession, by A.S. Byatt. I still remember the thrill of reading it the first time, my utter involvement with the parallel narratives. It was romance, adventure, mystery — all in one, and all about books!

 

2.What author (living or dead) would you most like to have a cup of coffee with and why?

Roald Dahl. I just think it would be fun. Although it would have been more fun to meet him when I was a child. I have the feeling he didn’t like adults much.

3. What books are currently on your bedside table? 

 Lemony Snicket’s new book – Who Could That Be At This Hour?, Howard’s End (which I re-read once a year, right about now), Hilary Mantel’s Bringing up the Bodies, Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare, by Stephen Greenblatt, and Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children.

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LISTEN NOW to Sarah Stewart Taylor bookjam mar 10 or download the jamcasthttp://www.box.net/shared/j40njckl9n

A childhood – and adult – favorite

A Sarah Stewart Taylor mystery

Lisa and Lisa interview mystery writer, graphic novelist and children’s book author Sarah Stewart Taylor about books that are important to her.  We learn that Sarah is someone who re-reads books, rather than starting new fiction, when she’s working on her own projects.  The discussion focuses on some of her favorites and also on  books that didn’t hold up quite as well for her upon a second reading.

Sarah’s picks include The Secret Garden by Fraces Burnett, almost anything by EM Forster including  A Room With A View  and Howard’s End, Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel,  and A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute.

Lisa and Lisa also mention their current reading lists.  Lisa L C’s picks include Sarah’s Sweeney St. George Mystery Series and Goat Song by Brad Kessler. J Lisa C’s latest top choices include  The  68 Rooms  a chapter book for children, Invisible Mountain by Carolina De Robertis, and  in a new genre for her - The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.

For the puzzle minded, a summary of our “Book Baffler” follows. What novel contains this first line: “The room was a silent as a crypt?” Give up?  Sarah Stewart Taylor’s Still As Death.

We also added an actual jam (the food! the spread!) review to our show.  This week’s pick  — Whiting, Vermont’s “Blushing Rhubarb Jam”.  The verdict: delicious with a hint of raspberry and a great for a taste of summer during mud season.  Some books the Lisas chose to peruse while sampling this jam include Simply in Season, a simple and superb cookbook as well as King Arthur Flour’s Cookie Companion.

And while we did not really talk about her books, a note to listeners: books by Sarah Stewart Taylor also include a newly published graphic novel entitled Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean.

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