Read like a Writer: 35 Writers Dish on Their Top Summer Reads

Kerri Cull queries 35 writers on what they're reading ... and Leslie Vryenhoek's name pops up the most.

In his writing how-to memoir, Stephen King said if you haven’t got time to read, you haven’t got time to write, and he puts his money where his mouth is reading about 70-80 books every year and writing like a beast on top of it.

As an avid reader I love talking about books and hearing about what others are reading, so I asked a mixed bag of writers what they were reading this summer. Here’s a list of titles from some of Newfoundland’s best writers.

Annamarie Beckel
The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King

Paul Butler
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

Michelle Butler Hallett
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

Mark Callanan
Hacker Packer by Cassidy McFadzean

Tina Chaulk
Sweetland by Michael Crummey

Joan Clark
Beyond the Pale by Emily Urquhart

Megan Coles
The Breakwater Book of Contemporary Newfoundland Short Fiction Ed. By Larry Mathews

Gerard Collins
A Measure of Light by Beth Powning

Vicki Combden Murphy
How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

Michael Crummey
Ledger of the Open Hand by Leslie Vryenhoek

Danielle Devereaux
The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud

Jamie Fitzpatrick
Back to Back by Julia Franck

Beth Follett
Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life by Hermione Lee

Kenneth J. Harvey
Lighting for Cinematography: A Practical Guide to the Art and Craft of Lighting for the Moving Image by David Landau

Mike Heffernan
The Bear by Claire Cameron

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Joel Thomas Hynes
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

Ed Kavanagh
The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje

Elizabeth de Mariaffi
Dusk by James Salter

Carmelita McGrath
Two Serious Ladies by Jane Bowles

Trudy Morgan-Cole
A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

George Murray
The Road In Is Not The Same Road Out by Karen Solie

Barry C. Parsons
Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-smoking Manifesto by Aaron Franklin and Jordan MacKay

Chad Pelley
The Journey Prize Anthology Vol. 26 selected by Steven W. Beattie, Craig Davidson, and Saleema Nawaz

Alison Pick
The Settlers by Meyer Levin

Craig Francis Power
10.04 by Ben Lerner

Stephen Rowe
The Dream Songs: Poems by John Berryman

Shannon Patrick Sullivan
The Children of Hurin by JRR Tolkien

Sara Tilley
The Search for Heinrich Schlogel by Martha Baillie

Leslie Vryenhoek
Close to Hugh by Marina Endicott

Russell Wangersky
The Bone Machines by David Mitchell

Patrick Warner
Ledger of the Open Hand by Leslie Vryenhoek

Shannon Webb-Campbell
Too Much on the Inside by Danila Botha

Shoshanna Wingate
Classic Crews: A Harry Crews Readerby Harry Crews

Claire Wilkshire
Ledger of the Open Hand by Leslie Vryenhoek

Kathleen Winter
The Old Ways by Robert MacFarlene

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