VOTM: What’s the most unusual experience you’ve had at a reading?
QUINN: At Bread Loaf in 2009 Luis Alberto Urrea stepped away from the podium and recited, from memory and without stumble or hesitation, an entire chapter from his novel, INTO THE BEAUTIFUL NORTH. A bravura performance with zero bravura on his end, just earnest devotion to telling a great story. The room was rapt with attention. Best nearly-an-hour “reading” ever, that’s for sure.
Bridget Quinn is the author of Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (in That Order), which NPR’s Susan Stamberg calls “a terrific essay collection” with “spunky attitudinal, SMART writing,” marking the second time “attitudinal” has been used about her work (first: Kirkus 1996). Raised on the high plains of Montana with two sisters, six brothers, a devout mother and a WWII Marine-turned-lawyer father, in a home surrounded by cows and nuclear missile silos, today Bridget lives in San Francisco with her husband, two children, two dogs and a ridiculous number of bikes.
Come see Bridget read at Book Show in Highland Park on Friday, April 14 at 7:30pm and at 3rdSpace in San Diego on Saturday, April 15 at 7pm.