Sterling Watson was recently appointed the first occupant of the Peter Meinke Endowed Professorship in Creative Writing at Eckerd College. Watson, 60, is director of the school's writing program and co-director of the Writers in Paradise Conference. His most recent book is Sweet Dream Baby. He is working on a novel about hazing in a fictional Florida town.
What is on your nightstand?
Our Story Begins, by Tobias Wolff.
I'm assuming this is not the first Tobias Wolff book you've read.
I would say I've read every word he's written.
And what draws you back for more?
I think what interests me in Wolff is that he finds the intriguing and the unusual in the everyday, but I'm aware people say that about a lot of writers. There are also recurring patterns in his work. He writes about people who consider themselves imposters, and very often in his stories his character will tell an outrageous lie, and usually they pull it off.
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