Hubbard is the author of the Ethical Vampire series, which includes Society of S, The Year of Disappearances and the newly released Season of Risks. We spoke with Hubbard, an English professor at the University of Central Florida, by phone from her home office near Cape Canaveral.
What's on your nightstand?
A book by Pete McCarthy. When I was in West Cork, Ireland, a friend told me I should visit a pub, MacCarthy's Bar, in Castletownbere. When I did, I saw a poster of an author on the wall. I asked about it, and they were selling his book there, McCarthy's Bar. So, Pete McCarthy was an Englishman of Irish background. He was looking for his roots, and whenever he saw a bar with his name in it, he'd stop. It's one man's guide to travelling to try to come up with who you are, and his words are so funny. He almost has that Hunter Thompson acid wit. Apparently after this book, he wrote one more, and then he died. I'm so sorry he's gone.
Can we get this book in the United States?
It's available here, and hey, anything is available in the U.S. if you go on the Internet, right? The thing is this book is so funny. If you read it on an airplane, you'll embarrass yourself. You won't be able to stop laughing out loud.
What else is on your nightstand?
I read books like the way people cleanse their palate with sorbet, so for that I've got Donald Barthelme's Come Back, Dr. Caligari. He's as tart on the fifth reading as the first. His sentences embody surprises even if you've read him before.
Piper Castillo, Times staff writer