Thursday, April 25, 2013

On the Road/Off the Road: Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Andrew McCarthy

I had the good fortune of attending the opening author session at the Texas Library Association conference in Fort Worth, a luncheon held at the Omni sponsored by the Library Friends, Trustees, and Advocates Round Table. Featured one after the other were Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Andrew McCarthy, both of whom were sharp, engaging and charming.

Phillips quipped that Texas is a great gift to writers -- she can make her characters do just about any crazy thing and readers will find it believable. McCarthy told, among other things, of being inspired by Jack Hitt's Off the Road: A Modern-Day Walk Down the Pilgrim’s Route into Spain (1994, 2005) to head off on a multi-faceted existential journey, resulting in The Longest Way Home: One Man's Quest for the Courage to Settle Down (Free Press, 2012).

Today's Rune: Journey.   

1 comment:

jodi said...

Erik, Andrew McCarthy? Who knew?!