Monday, May 23, 2011

Bryant Park Blog Q&A with Matthew Gallaway

Matthew Gallaway, author of The Metropolis Case, will lead tomorrow's Word for Word Book Club, along with Seth Colter Walls. The first discussion of the season will focus on David Foster Wallace's The Pale King. Before he moderates in the Reading Room on Tuesday, we get some behind-the-scenes info on Mr. Gallaway. He loves to garden!

Where do you do your best writing? In airports.

Did you have an “a-ha!” moment that made you want to be a writer? When I read Against The Grain, by JK Huysmans.

Which author do you wish had been your 7th grade English teacher? Oscar Wilde.

What is your secret talent?  I’m very good at growing ferns.

What is your favorite book?  In Search of Lost Time, by Marcel Proust.

Who reads your first draft?  My partner Stephen.

Do you read your books after they’ve been published? No.

What book are you currently reading? All Aunt Hagar’s Children, by Edward P. Jones

What word or punctuation mark are you most guilty of overusing?  The em-dash.

If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?  A gardener.


There are six more Book Clubs scheduled for the summer, so be sure to stop by the Reading Room early for a free copy of the book club selections, courtesy of Oxford University Press. For more information on Matthew and his new book, head over to the Oxford Comment Podcast.


Word for Word Book Club
Tuesdays , 12:30pm – 1:45pm
May 24, June 14, June 28, July 12, July 26, August 9, August 23
Reading Room

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