Students, faculty, and staff from the University of Maryland gathered October 14, to hear author Douglas Watson read from his recently published collection The Era of Not Quite (BOA, 2013), according to an article in the independent student newspaper The Diamondback. Watson discussed his lifelong love for reading, having started in childhood, and how that led to his writing career: "'I guess I was grateful without thinking about it, to those authors who wrote those books,' Watson said. 'By the time I started really writing at age 30, it was like coming home to my first love.'" Students noted their appeciation for both Watson's voice and honesty. One student said "he liked that Watson’s work tackles dark themes while also poking fun at them. 'His writing is short and easy to pick up and put down, and you can read [his stories] in between classes.' Another said, "'It was definitely my type of humor, but you have to understand it to appreciate it ... It has a different level to it that made me really think about writing myself.'” The Era of Not Quite was also featured in the Swarthmore College Bulletin. The college says, "Watson's first collection of stories presents readers an intriguing and thoroughly witty perspective on a multitude of often-dark life events." Click here to read the entire Diamondback article. To purchase your own copy of Watson's The Era of Not Quite, visit the BOA Bookstore.
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