Pam Morton, director of The Book Festival of the MJCCA, is here to give you her best advice about how to hit the books this summer.
Q: What genre do you recommend people explore?
A: Humor is always fun – I love a book that makes me laugh out loud! Authors such as David Sedaris, Annabelle Gurwitch, Carol Leifer and Chelsea Handler write some of the funniest essays around.
Q: What are your favorite books released this year?
A: “Blood Will Out” by Walter Kirn, “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd and “Andrew’s Brain” by E.L. Doctorow.
Q: What is your favorite book?
A: That’s like asking a mother which one of her children she loves the most! Two of my all-time favorite titles are “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson and “A Prayer for Owen Meany” by John Irving.
Q: Do you prefer to read physical books or e-books?
A: I read both physical books and books on my Kindle, iPad and on my iPhone with the Kindle and iBook apps. I read digitally when I am traveling or don’t want to carry around a heavy book.
Q: How do you pick a great book?
A: There are several excellent blogs and e-newsletters that I read weekly: www.themillions.com, www.avclub.com, www.goodreads.com, www.pwweekly.com and www.nytimes.com. I also listen to author interviews on NPR’s “Fresh Air.”