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2191897 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2014-08-07 14:59:33.0 UTC 2014-08-07T10:59:33.000-04:00 whats-deborah-harkness-reading published 2014-08-07 14:59:05.0 UTC 2014-08-07T10:59:05.000-04:00 features/books DTI 123448870 Nightstand Deborah Harkness Harkness is a history professor at University of Southern California, a wine enthusiast responsible for the blog Good Wine Under $20, and the author of the newly released The Book of Life, the final novel in her All Souls Trilogy. The books follow the romance of historian-witch Diana Bishop and scientist-vampire Matthew Clairmont while on their search for a mysterious alchemical manuscript. Harkness, 49, recently spoke with us by phone while on book tour in San Francisco. What's on your nightstand? At the top of the pile for me to start reading is Elizabeth Gilbert's The Signature of All Things. I can't wait to read it. And the last book I read was The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. It is a nonfiction title about a rowing team at the University of Washington and their participation in the 1936 Olympics. Do you recommend it? It is fantastic. I was a rower. I thought I knew something about the history of rowing, but I had never heard this story about these college boys. To read about their efforts to compete and succeed against steep odds at the brink of World War II was just fantastic. It was one of those nonfiction stories that is so good that if it hadn't happened in real life some novelist would have been tempted to make it up, but we didn't have to. … I tend to love stories that have historical elements. Is there an author who impressed you early on in your writing about the supernatural? My benchmark for witches in particular was Anne Rice. I actually discovered Anne Rice because of her Witching Hour. I still remember as a graduate student taking what precious little money I had to buy the hardback when it first came out. It is the first book I ever read cover to cover without sleeping. Contact Piper Castillo at pcastillo@tampabay.com or (727) 445-4163. Follow @Florida_PBJC. By Piper Castillo, Times Staff Writer Features, Books, books What's Deborah Harkness reading? PCASTILLON LAT Latitudes 4 lat_books_nightstand081014 2014-08-10 04:00:00.0 UTC 2014-08-10T00:00:00.000-04:00 1 Deborah Harkness is a history professor at the University of Southern California and the author of the newly released The Book of Life, the final novel in her All Souls Trilogy. /resources/images/dti/2014/08/lat_harkness081014_13599903.jpg Photo by Scarlett Freund /resources/images/dti/rendered/2014/08/lat_harkness081014_13599903_4col.jpg/resources/images/dti/rendered/2014/08/lat_harkness081014_13599903_8col.jpg deborah harkness, anne rice true templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2014/08/07/123448870-whats-deborah-harkness-reading StaffArticle features,booksBooksNightstandDeborah HarknessHarkness is a history professor at University of Southern California, a wine enthusiast responsible for the blog Good Wine Under $20, and the author of the newly released The Book of Life, the final novel in her All Souls Trilogy. The books follow the romance of historian-witch Diana Bishop and scientist-vampire Matthew Clairmont while on their search for a mysterious alchemical manuscript. Harkness, 49, recently spoke with us by phone while on book tour in San Francisco.What's on your nightstand?deborah harkness, anne ricePiper Castillo 379040 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-22 17:55:07.0 UTC 2012-10-22T13:55:07.000-04:00 piper-castillo published Piper Castillo <p>Piper Castillo grew up in Ft. Lauderdale and received her English degree from Florida Atlantic University. As a community news reporter for the Tampa Bay Times, she covers north Pinellas County. She also writes the "Nightstand" column for the Sunday book pages and thinks the only thing better than a good read is a day in the sun with her family.</p> Times Staff Writer writers DTI 35455306 Piper Castillo grew up in Ft. Lauderdale and received her English degree from Florida Atlantic University. As a community news reporter for the Tampa Bay Times, she covers north Pinellas County. She also writes the "Nightstand" column for the Sunday book pages and thinks the only thing better than a good read is a day in the sun with her family. <p>Phone: (727) 445-4163</p><p>E-mail: <a href="mailto:pcastillo@tampabay.com ">pcastillo@tampabay.com</a></p> 1 (St. Petersburg 3/7/2007)&#10;Facebook picture of Piper Castillo. Image taken in Times Studio 3/7/2007.&#10;(John Pendygraft | TIMES) /resources/images/dti/2012/10/Castillo_Piper_wp.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/35455306-piper-castillo AuthorProfile 2012-10-22 17:55:07.0 UTC 2012-10-22T13:55:07.000-04:00 <span style="display:none;" class="author vcard"><span class="fn">PIPER CASTILLO</span></span><span style="display:none;" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Times Staff Writer 2261102 2016-01-13 15:54:35.0 UTC 7 Months Ago whats-rick-bragg-reading features/books What's Rick Bragg reading? StaffArticle 2263866 2016-02-03 15:53:46.0 UTC 7 Months Ago whats-kathy-castor-reading features/books What's Kathy Castor reading? StaffArticle 2265700 2016-02-17 15:47:08.0 UTC 6 Months Ago whats-scott-lynn-reading features/books What's Scott Lynn reading? StaffArticle <p><b>Nightstand</b></p> <p><b>Deborah Harkness</b></p> <p>Harkness is a history professor at University of Southern California, a wine enthusiast responsible for the blog<i> </i>Good Wine Under $20, and the author of the newly released <i>The Book of Life</i>, the final novel in her All Souls Trilogy. The books follow the romance of historian-witch Diana Bishop and scientist-vampire Matthew Clairmont while on their search for a mysterious alchemical manuscript. Harkness, 49, recently spoke with us by phone while on book tour in San Francisco.</p> <p><b>What's on your nightstand?</b></p> <p>At the top of the pile for me to start reading is Elizabeth Gilbert's <i>The Signature of All Things</i>. I can't wait to read it. And the last book I read was <i>The Boys in the Boat </i>by Daniel James Brown. It is a nonfiction title about a rowing team at the University of Washington and their participation in the 1936 Olympics.</p> <p><b>Do you recommend it?</b></p> <p>It is fantastic. I was a rower. I thought I knew something about the history of rowing, but I had never heard this story about these college boys. To read about their efforts to compete and succeed against steep odds at the brink of World War II was just fantastic. It was one of those nonfiction stories that is so good that if it hadn't happened in real life some novelist would have been tempted to make it up, but we didn't have to. … I tend to love stories that have historical elements. </p> <p><b>Is there an author who</b> impressed you early on in your writing about the supernatural?</p> <p>My benchmark for witches in particular was Anne Rice. I actually discovered Anne Rice because of her <i>Witching Hour</i>. I still remember as a graduate student taking what precious little money I had to buy the hardback when it first came out. It is the first book I ever read cover to cover without sleeping.</p> <p><i>Contact Piper Castillo at pcastillo@tampabay.com or (727) 445-4163. Follow @Florida_PBJC.</i></p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:57:27