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1176529 2999-04-26 00:00:00.0 UTC 2999-04-25T20:00:00.000-04:00 2011-06-25 08:30:00.0 UTC 2011-06-25T04:30:00.000-04:00 whats-ransom-riggs-reading Published 2011-06-25 08:30:40.0 UTC 2011-06-25T04:30:40.000-04:00 features/books DTI 77392581 Nightstand Ransom Riggs It was through a collection of vintage photographs that Riggs, 32, formed the idea for his novel, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. The book is sprinkled with odd characters, like the girl who could create fire and the boy who had bees in his stomach, as well as peculiar pictures including levitating children and ghostly reflections in misty ponds. "I got bit by a photo collecting bug before I started the book, and they seemed to be pocket-size mysteries that cried out for a story,'' says Riggs. The author, whose latest work has already been optioned by 20th Century Fox, says he began writing at 13, through a neighborhood writers collective while growing up in Englewood. We caught up with Riggs by phone from his home in Los Angeles. What's on your nightstand? A weird melange of stuff. I'm reading Imperial by William T. Vollman. I will never finish this. It is 1,334 pages of crazy but thorough monographic history of Imperial County, Calif. I'm also reading A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide by Samantha Power. Barack Obama liked it so much he invited the author to be a part of his cabinet. Is that why you're reading it? It has more to do with how the next book I write will delve into Word War II issues. I'm also reading The Red Market: On the Trail of the World's Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers, and Child Traffickers by Scott Carney. It's amazing. And then finally, my friends and I have a book group. We call it Fahrenheit 450 Fun. There's A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, Just Kids by Patti Smith which takes the mystery out of the process on how two kids became artists, and Freedom by Jonathan Franzen. Out of your book club selections, do you have one you recommend above the others? Freedom. It's a colossal work of fiction, and I really enjoyed it. It took me 150 pages to get into it. At first I was wondering, "Why do I care about the bourgeois?" But then I got into it and thought, "Oh, this is why. This is great." Piper Castillo, Times staff writer, can be reached at pcastillo@sptimes.com. By Piper Castillo, Times Staff Writer Books,Features What's Ransom Riggs reading? PCASTILLON E Floridian 9 lat_books_nightstand062611 2011-06-26 04:00:00.0 UTC 2011-06-26T00:00:00.000-04:00 resources/images/dti/2011/06/lat_ransomriggs_062_180268a.jpg resources/images/dti/rendered/2011/06/lat_ransomriggs_062_180268a_4col.jpgresources/images/dti/rendered/2011/06/lat_ransomriggs_062_180268a_8col.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2011/06/25/77392581-whats-ransom-riggs-reading StaffArticle features,booksBooksNightstandRansom RiggsIt was through a collection of vintage photographs that Riggs, 32, formed the idea for his novel, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. The book is sprinkled with odd characters, like the girl who could create fire and the boy who had bees in his stomach, as well as peculiar pictures including levitating children and ghostly reflections in misty ponds.Books,FeaturesBooks,FeaturesPiper 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. 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StaffArticle <p><b>Nightstand</b></p> <p><b>Ransom Riggs</b></p> <p>It was through a collection of vintage photographs that Riggs, 32, formed the idea for his novel, <i>Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children</i>. The book is sprinkled with odd characters, like the girl who could create fire and the boy who had bees in his stomach, as well as peculiar pictures including levitating children and ghostly reflections in misty ponds.</p> <p>&quot;I got bit by a photo collecting bug before I started the book, and they seemed to be pocket-size mysteries that cried out for a story,'' says Riggs. The author, whose latest work has already been optioned by 20th Century Fox, says he began writing at 13, through a neighborhood writers collective while growing up in Englewood. We caught up with Riggs by phone from his home in Los Angeles.</p> <p><b>What's on your nightstand?</b></p> <p>A weird melange of stuff. I'm reading <i>Imperial</i> by William T. Vollman. I will never finish this. It is 1,334 pages of crazy but thorough monographic history of Imperial County, Calif. I'm also reading <i>A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide</i> by Samantha Power. Barack Obama liked it so much he invited the author to be a part of his cabinet.</p> <p><b>Is that why you're reading it?</b></p> <p>It has more to do with how the next book I write will delve into Word War II issues. I'm also reading <i>The Red Market: On the Trail of the World's Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers,</i> and Child Traffickers<b> </b>by Scott Carney. It's amazing. And then finally, my friends and I have a book group.<b> </b>We call it Fahrenheit 450 Fun. There's <i>A Visit from the Goon Squad</i><b> </b>by Jennifer Egan<b>, </b><i>Just Kids</i><b> </b>by Patti Smith which takes the mystery out of the process on how two kids became artists, and<b> </b><i>Freedom</i><b> </b>by Jonathan Franzen.</p> <p><b>Out of your book club selections, do you have one you recommend above the others?</b></p> <p><i>Freedom</i>. It's a colossal work of fiction, and I really enjoyed it. It took me 150 pages to get into it. At first I was wondering, &quot;Why do I care about the bourgeois?&quot; But then I got into it and thought, &quot;Oh, this is why. This is great.&quot;</p> <p>Piper Castillo, Times staff writer, can be reached at pcastillo@sptimes.com.</p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:35:18