Librarian turned author and creative writing professor, Janice Harrington was recently featured by The News-Gazette of Central Illinois with a fun Q&A: "A few of my favorite things: Janice Harrington." Harrington, the author of BOA titles The Hands of Strangers: Poems from the Nursing Home (2011), and Even the Hollow My Body Made Has Gone (2007), "is known for her elegant poems on serious topics, which have been featured in America's leading journals ... [She] added to her lengthy list of honors recently, when the Illinois Reading Council chose her new children's book for its 2014 'Illinois Reads' initiative." Here's the list of Harrington's "favorite things," which she shared with The News-Gazette: Place to read in Champaign-Urbana: The garden at Japan House (right). Literary villain: The Lord of Mordor from "The Lord of the Rings." Book as a child: "Charlotte's Web," by E.B. White. Bookstore: I've never met a bookstore that wasn't a favorite. Character in a novel: Jane Eyre. Reaction to something I wrote: My mother said after I read my first book to her, "That's good, Janice." Writing setting: Early morning, when the day is still asleep. Author: What sane person could name one favorite author? But one of my favorite books: "Their Eyes Were Watching God," by Zora Neale Hurston. Poet: Robert Hayden. Magazine: National Geographic. Book turned movie: "The Lord of the Rings" — although I have issues with the movie. Library: Refuse to answer on the grounds that it might incriminate me. Click here to read the entire News-Gazette Q&A with Janice Harrington. To purchase The Hands of Strangers or Even the Hollow My Body Made is Gone by Janice Harrington, visit the BOA Bookstore.
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