Tammar Stein received her English literature degree from the University of Virginia. She has written two novels for young adults: Light Years, named the American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults in 2006, and High Dive, which has garnered a nomination for the same award for 2009. Stein will be a featured author at the St. Petersburg Times Festival of Reading on Oct. 25.
What is on your nightstand?
There are several. I See You Everywhere by Julia Glass, Based on the Movie by Billy Taylor and The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (which she is rereading).
Can you explain what inspired you to reread Atwood?
I find it deeply scary the way Offred traces her path from working mother to subjugated, frightened handmaid, not allowed to read, go out alone or make a single decision in her life. Atwood makes the handmaid's world seem not only possible but a likely scenario in the future. And, of course, does this with elegant, haunting language that makes every writer weep with envy.
Piper Castillo, Times staff writer