Jack Gantos Recommends

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Last Sunday we had the terrific pleasure of welcoming Jack Gantos to the store. What a guy! Gantos is full of stories and it was a pleasure to hear him discuss a wide variety of topics, from his childhood to his writing process (he typically works through one hundred drafts of a novel) to his latest book, From Norvelt to Nowhere. This is the follow-up to his award-winning Dead End Norvelt. It’s also, he said, the final Norvelt novel.

While he was signing stock for us (with a gorgeous set of fountain pens, FYI), we asked him for his reading recommendations. The following titles are a few we pulled from what turned out to be a thirty minute conversation with Jack Gantos about books, during which he touched on his love for Flannery O’Connor, James Joyce and Simon Winchester.

On Paper: The Everything of Its Two-Thousand Year History by Nicholas Basbanes

The Men Who United the States: America’s Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible by Simon Winchester

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Dispatches by Michael Herr

Dog Soldiers by Robert Stone

If you ever have the opportunity to hear Jack Gantos speak, we highly recommend you do so. Warm, hilarious and pouring with stories, you’ll quickly find yourself declaring your undying love. Not that we did that….okay, of course we did.

Signed copies of From Norvelt to Nowhere and Dead End in Norvelt are now available on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.

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