James W. Hall retired last year after 30 years as an English professor at Florida International University, but he's still focused on the written word — his own. This week finds Hall in the Tampa Bay area, where he's touting Silencer, his 11th thriller centering on Thorn, an endearing, grouchy fisherman and amateur detective. If you'd like to meet the 61-year-old author, head over to Inkwood Books in Tampa, where he will hold a signing today (see Book Talk).
What is on your nightstand?
I'm an avid tennis player, and I just read Andre Agassi's biography, Open. I always liked him. I've also got another memoir, The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer, which is excellent. I also recently read The Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallwey. It's a Zen Buddhist view of how to keep your mind in control. Also, because of a book project I'm working on, I'm re-reading some bestsellers of the 20th century, Valley of the Dolls, Gone With the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird, Jaws, The Godfather, those big bestsellers.
What was the last novel you read just for enjoyment?
The Road by Cormac McCarthy. It was dark but I enjoyed it very much. He's a very good prose stylist.
Piper Castillo, Times staff writer