Beth Hoffman, NYTimes Bestselling Author, Appears for EVPL
Sunday, June 15, 2014
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Central - Browning Event Rooms A and B
Beth Hoffman, NYTimes bestselling author of Looking for Me and Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, will discuss and sign her books as part of the Summer Reading Program.
Get to know Beth before her Library visit. We asked her the following five questions:
The #1 item on my bucket list is...
Last year, while I was flying home from a speaking event in Charleston, I overheard the people sitting in front of me discussing their Bucket Lists and it got me thinking. What are the top ten things I would put on my list? I was surprised by what I wrote down first: Say no without explaining why. It's taken me a while, but I've almost mastered the art of declining a request without much apology or explanation. Sometimes, when it's particularly difficult, I'll put on a hat first. I don't know why, but it helps. The wider the brim, the better.
A skill I've always wanted to have, but don't is...
Oh, how I wish I could tap dance. When I'm antiquing or junking and see an pair of old, dried out tap shoes, I always wonder about the woman who wore them: how well she danced, what she was like, and how old she was when her dancing days came to an end. I'll never forget the first time I saw a black-and-white movie clip of Ann Miller dancing. She was known for her world record "machine-gun" tapping, and to see her pound out 500 taps per minute left me awestruck. When I saw Michael Flatley dance, I got the chills. Even now, I'll go to YouTube and watch the finale of Lord of the Dance. It's thrilling.
My favorite place to read is...
I love to read in bed, and I have a ritual: Every night I queue up a thunderstorm CD on the player by my bedside table, and then I build a wall of fluffy pillows and settle in. Though I primarily read fiction, when it's about time to turn out the lights, I'll switch to poetry. Poetry has helped be become a better novelist. I say that because an ill-chosen word in a lengthy novel is forgivable, but in poetry it's disastrous.
What author (living or dead) would I like to have dinner with?
That's a tough question. But if had to pick only one, it would be Pat Conroy. His writing is superb and his storytelling style is magic. I still remember the powerful reaction I had when I read The Prince of Tides. I knew I was holding a treasure in my hands.
Paper or e-book?
A year ago I would have said paper without blinking an eye, but I've come to love the portability of my e-reader (I use an iPad mini). It's so convenient to drop it into my handbag and head to the airport instead of packing books in my suitcase. Also, with an e-reader I have the option to increase the font size, which is a great feature when my eyes are tired. Though I'll always love paper books, my e-reader has enhanced my reading life.