2012 was a really great year for books and an even better one for KQED's book-lovin' podcast, The Writers' Block. Although, as the program's Producer, every episode is a home run in my book, here's a rundown of a few authors that truly blew me away.
ALISON BECHDEL: ARE YOU MY MOTHER?
I was super nervous to meet Alison Bechdel. What if she was one of those intelligent people who are jerks about knowing more than you? Or what if she didn't like my sense of humor? Or my hair? I'm happy to report that she is delightful and spent 15 minutes in my cube and laughed at my weird jokes and said that, if we were in a relationship, she would solve my Libran indecision by making all the decisions on where we would eat and what movies we would watch (seriously). I'm also happy to say that her latest graphic novel Are You My Mother?, an impeccably crafted peek into psychoanalysis and her relationship with her mother, was well worth the six year wait since her last magnum opus (Fun Home). It'll make you feel things!
MOLLY RINGWALD: WHEN IT HAPPENS TO YOU