Yesterday, I asked my creative writing class what they liked to read, what models they used for their own writing. Harry Potter came up a lot, which is great. Jane Austen made an appearance. But I was most surprised by the fresher things they listed.
“A Stick of Green Candy” by Jane Bowles – a story and writer I had never heard of.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt – a book I knew from my days as a bookseller but had never read.
Long Way Round by Ewan MacGregor and Charley Boorman – another book that I didn’t know had been written about the Bravo documentary TV series.

What most impressed me about their lists – which also included Dan Brown and Ken Kesey – was that they read, and read a lot it seems. I’m a happy teacher today.