Six Degrees of Separation
My career in the book business started at a little shop in Palo Alto, California, called Shirley Cobb's Books. It was a lovely store, we sold only hardcover books, and we were not allowed to wear pants to work, only skirts for the "ladies.” Our owner was the daughter of Ty Cobb, the famously nasty, but great, baseball player from Georgia. His daughter was just as gruff, but just as great. Her book shop was a family of booksellers (Joan Baez Sr. worked with me) and customers (Wallace Stegner and Dr. Seuss were regulars). Because we were located so close to Stanford, we had a large contingent of professors and students coming through our store on a daily basis. Having Wallace Stegner as a customer, I had an opportunity to see what he was reading, as well as what he was writing, and it was all good.
While at Stanford, Stegner founded a fellowship program. One recipient of the Stegner Fellowship is Anthony Marra, who is our featured author for the January anniversary party for CapRadioReads.
Marra is in good company. Ken Kesey worked on his novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest while a Stegner Fellow. Raymond Carver, Tobias Wolff and Scott Turow have all been Stegner Fellows. Now, Anthony Marra not only joins a long list of distinguished writers who have honed their craft at Stanford, he is bringing along new students with his teaching. Imagine the fantastic things that will come from this program.
We are so fortunate to have Anthony Marra back at CapRadioReads, this time with his extraordinary new collection of short stories called The Tsar of Love and Techno. Please join us on January 26 at 6 p.m. for an evening with Anthony and Donna Apidone In Conversation. It will be an evening you will long remember.
Reserve your space soon. We expect a sellout. www.capradio.org/reads