Happy Birthday to author Jane Smiley. No, I've never met her, but I had a delightful
experience relating to her Pulitizer Prize winning novel, A Thousand Acres.
When I was the Library Manager on Captiva Island, I was asked to do a book talk at the Sanibel Community Center, and they asked me to talk about A Thousand Acres. I prepared well. I even read King Lear after discovering A Thousand Acres was a modern-day retelling of that story.
And, then when I arrived, they told me that Jane Smiley's mother, Fran, was planning to attend. Now, there's a terrifying thought! Have you done a book talk with the author's mother in attendance? It was actually so enjoyable. I discussed the book, and then Fran took over and answered questions about Jane's life. I think everyone in the audience enjoyed it.
So, Happy Birthday, Jane Smiley, and thank you.