Denver, CO -- July 31, 2007

Reading the latest Harry Potter.

One of her favorite pass times is attending the Pen and Podium Series. She has read a lot of their participating authors, people who write well like Alexander McCall Smith, the author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, Anzar Nafisi, and Amy Tan. Some come, she said, to talk about style others come to talk about their lives.

We talked about sister relationships. I told her about the one in Haruki Murakami's After Dark, where the whole book is about a young woman understanding her sister, and she told me about Riding the Bus with My Sister, by Rachel Simon, who describes her relationship with her developmentally disabled sister.

Some of the best books she’s read--The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, by Michael Chabon (she likes everything by him), the unabridged version of The Stand, by Stephen King, which is several hundred pages longer than the original version that had been edited, and The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold, who she heard speak at the Pen and Podium series.

She herself writes short stories and is working on a poem for her sister in memory of her nephew who died.

What she likes about Denver? She moved from the East and loves the weather and also how forward thinking Denver, though not necessarily the whole of Colorado, is so forward thinking.
What’s helped the city, she said, is Coors Field, which revitalized the downtown.

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