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What's Rick Bragg reading?

Rick Bragg, a former New York Times reporter who worked at the St. Petersburg Times early in his career, is a professor in the University of Alabama journalism program. The Pulitzer Prize winner will discuss his book The Prince of Frogtown at the Times Festival of Reading on Saturday.

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What's on your nightstand?

I've got a lot of books on my nightstand. I always do, but I'm just a little frustrated right now because I haven't been able to finish books as quickly as I used to. I've got Tin Roof Blowdown by James Lee Burke. The main character, Dave Robicheaux, is my heart. I love that kind of destructive character who's kind at the same time. . . . And I picked up a Sherlock Holmes collection recently. Reading Sherlock Holmes lowers your blood pressure.

What's slowing your reading down?

I've been mired in my own books. It's a matter of time, but I'm absolutely a voracious reader. I always hope that when I die, they find me with a book on my chest, and when they stand over me, they say, "Don't he look so peaceful?''

Piper Castillo, Times staff writer

What's Rick Bragg reading? 10/18/08 [Last modified: Monday, October 20, 2008 5:47pm]
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