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What's Randy Wayne White reading?

Nightstand | Randy Wayne White

Those readers familiar with White's novels will not be surprised to hear that Scientific American is a constant presence on his nightstand. Since 1990, he has written 19 mysteries about Doc Ford, a marine biologist and secret intelligence agent, so White is always sure to include a multitude of scientific facts in his work. In his newest book, Chasing Midnight, he delves into the caviar industry and the harvesting of fish eggs for the gourmet treat. White makes his home on Pine Island. Before his career as a mystery writer, he worked as a reporter at the Fort Myers News-Press and as a fishing guide based out of the Tarpon Bay Marina on Sanibel Island. We caught up with White, 61, by phone on March 15 before his signing at the bookstore Murder by the Book in Houston.

What's on your nightstand?

Have Glove Will Travel by Bill Lee. This is the third time I'm reading it. He's very funny.

How do you think he succeeds at being funny?

I think by being honest, and he's got an unusual view and sense of the world. I also have a couple books on natural history, incorporating both research for my work as well as pleasure of that subject.

What other Florida authors do you recommend?

We've got some great authors. There's Carl Hiaasen, Tim Dorsey, Thomas McGuane and Tom Corcoran.

Out of those, who is the best fisherman?

I've only fished with Hiaasen. He's a very good fisherman. But, I know most of the others are also good.

Were you a reader when you were young?

Absolutely. When I was a boy in Pioneer, Ohio, I frequently visited the library. I loved Mark Twain, August Derleth, and I've always read Sherlock Holmes. My parents gave me a love for the magic of books.

Piper Castillo, Times staff writer

What's Randy Wayne White reading? 03/24/12 [Last modified: Saturday, March 24, 2012 5:31am]
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