I don't know if anyone caught it but Stacy Schiff, the author of this month's Non-Fiction Book Club selection, Cleopatra: A Life, was profiled in this past Sunday's Globe Bibliophiles column. She shares that growing up in Adams, MA, she "rode her bike to the local library, where she was awarded a sticker for each book she read." This reminds me of the Pollard's children's Summer Reading Program (details of the 2012 program will be available in the coming months).
I was impressed by Ms. Schiff's wide ranging readerly interests—fiction and non-fiction alike—and her admission that fiction is her "first a probably true love." I'm sure her abiding love for storytelling is one of the reasons her biographies are such a delight to read.
She also shares a funny little story about Ms. Vera Nabokov's aversion to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. She will be speaking this Wednesday at the MFA about "The Real Cleopatra." Sadly, it appears as though the event is already SOLD OUT.