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Sunday, November 10, 2019

The Wonderful World of Words

“The wonder of reading. When you're a little kid, you are small, your life is small - you're terrifically aware of that. But when you read, you can ride Arabian horses across the desert, you can be a dogsledder.  It takes you anywhere.” – Janet Fitch

Author of the Oprah's Book Club novel White Oleander, which also became a hit film, Fitch was born in Los Angeles on Nov. 9, 1955, and grew up in a family of voracious readers, even though, “none of them were literary, or writers.”    “My father was an engineer - he wasn't literary, not a writer or a journalist, but he was one of the world's great readers and he instilled that in me.”

Planning to be a historian because of history’s powerful narratives, scope of events, colossal personalities, and the potency and breadth of its themes, she found herself, instead, drawn to writing about things historical and so she did. 

Fitch regularly teaches fiction writing at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers summer workshops and has taught at a number of colleges and universities.   Her short fiction and essays have appeared in magazines and newspapers throughout Southern California and she has produced several more novels, including Paint It Black – named for the Rolling Stones’ song (and also made into a movie). 

“I write all the time,” she said, “whether I feel like it or not. I never get inspired unless I'm already writing.”

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