Thursday, June 18, 2009

My Summer Reading with author Elizabeth Baines

Our second author today on our My Summer Reading Series is author Elizabeth Baines, whom we work with to green up her upcoming book "Too Many Magpie" by planting one tree for every copy printed.

Elizabeth Baines was born in South Wales and lives in Manchester. She has been a teacher and is an occasional actor as well as the prize-winning author of plays for radio and stage, and of two novels, The Birth Machine and Body Cuts. Her award-winning short stories have been published widely in magazines and anthologies.

Hi Elizabeth, What are you reading now?
I'm reading Dido, the new novel for young adults by my friend Adele Geras, and John Lahr's The Autograph Hound for my reading group.

Any recommendation on a good summer reading?
I always think Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca is a great summer read because if I'm right she wrote it during one rainy summer stay in Cornwall, and that atmosphere pervades the novel. Ali Smith's The Accidental is a great book about a summer holiday with a weird turn of events, as is Margaret Atwood's Surfacing, which has an environmental thread.

What you are planning to read this summer?
A whole pile of Salt books - short stories and poetry.

What is your favorite place to read in the summer?
In the middle of a field under a tree halfway up a mountain in North Wales - when the weather's good!

Thanks Elizabeth!

"Too Many Magpie" is due from Salt Modern Fiction in Oct 2009. You can read more about Elizabeth on these links:

Raz @ Eco-Libris

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