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Janet Fitch O Magazine Oprah Winfrey

O Magazine interview

1 Sep, 2006

Fitch gives an interview to Winfrey for O Magazine about why she became a writer.

Yes. My father was an engineer he wasn’t literary, not a writer or a journalist, but he was one of the world’s great readers. Every two weeks, he’d take me to our local branch library and pull books off the shelf for me, stacking them up in my arms. Have you read this? And this? And this? He taught me to always take out the maximum number of books I think it was 12 so in case there were books I didn’t like, I’d always have something else to read. If I became a reader and then a writer, I can say that it was because of his love of books and his sharing that love. When you’re a little kid, you are small, your life is small and you’re terrifically aware of that. But when you read, you can ride Arabian horses across the desert, you can be a dog-sledder.