"In person Annie Proulx was as generous and wry as her prose. She made an effort to connect with each of us. She asked about our work, seeming as interested in us as we were in her. We talked about the future of publishing, the importance of curiosity, and the opportunity for human research offered by ordinary places such as airports and bus stops. “I write because it pleases me,” she told us, admitting that she has never considered herself a ‘writer.’ “I am a reader,” she told us, explaining that everything a writer needs to learn can be discovered by reading. “Read everything,” she told us, going on to describe her voluminous collection of books, including everything from plumbing manuals and pamphlets, to the classics. Leaving the discussion, I felt inspired and recharged. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet with Ms. Proulx, one of my literary heros."
Labels: Oregon Book Awards, Oregon Literary Fellowships