THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED.
On June 2 at 2 p.m., pulitzer prize-winning journalist and author Amy Ellis Nutt will present her book, “Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family” at SCLSNJ’s Bridgewater Library branch located at 1 Vogt Drive in Bridgewater. Register for the event: sclsnj.libnet.info/somerset/event/132292.
Brief Interview with the Author
What inspired you to become an author?
I think I always wanted to be a writer – a poet, really. I’ve written poetry throughout my life. In college I realized that my career trajectory was not going to include professional poet, so I settled on being an academic. Never able to write my dissertation in Philosophy, I took a job at Sports Illustrated as a fact-checker. Three years in I wrote my first story, about loving baseball, and the slowest light bulb went off over my head. I could be a writer and be a journalist. It has been the perfect, and perfectly wondrous career.
What will readers gain from your book?
I hope readers will realize that this is actually a very ordinary family, much like their own or their neighbor’s; that differences should never interfere with the ability to understand another person; that the distance one must travel to enlightenment is sometimes just a walk across the living room.
How has the public library played a role in your life?
I often used the public library in Scotch Plains when I was growing up, but I practically lived at my college library at Smith. I loved everything about it – the smell of ancient books that hadn’t been cracked open in decades, fingering through a card catalog in search of one thing and then stumbling on another that I had to pursue; my own personal study carrel next to a window where I could read and also daydream. When I was at Harvard, I adored Widener Library, with its green shaded table lamps and ancient oak tables – and the view of Harvard Yard, especially at twilight. I often use libraries when I’m on an assignment in a small town just to look at their history books and maps. It’s the best way to get to know a small town’s past.