Booklist Readers: Eugenia Williamson

Me and my tuxedo cat, Archie.

This is me with my tuxedo cat, Archie.

Those of you who’ve been following The Booklist Reader this summer will know I’m the new editor, and that I tweet as @BooklistReader and @Booklist_Genie. (What? You didn’t know? Maybe you should sign up for a Booklist newsletter or two.) I am also Booklist’s first-ever associate editor of digital products, and as such, I subjected myself to be the subject (haha, see what I did there?) of “Booklist Readers,” a regular online feature in which we introduce ourselves to our readers by answering a series of questions about our lives and literature preferences. Without further ado:

What do you do when you’re not at Booklist?
Last fall, my husband and I moved back to Chicago after a seven-year absence, so we’ve been getting reacquainted with the city. I spend a lot of time gaping at old favorite restaurants that have been turned into shoe stores, and vice versa. I also like spending time with my cats.

Who’s your favorite reader?
My favorite reader is my best friend, because after 25 years of knowing her, I still can’t figure out why she likes certain books and dislikes others. We both consider Adrian Nicole LeBlanc’s Random Family the best work of nonfiction possibly ever, but we disagree on novels as often as we agree on them. She and my 73-year-old mother, however, inexplicably have the exact same taste in fiction. In the decades they’ve been comparing notes, they’ve disagreed on no more than three books.


A bonus pic of Archie.

What’s the last book you reread?
We Others, by Steven Millhauser. I find myself returning to his stories again and again and, and every time, they hit me in the face with how great they are.

Which book made you cry the most?
It’s a three-way tie between Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, Chris Adrian’s The Children’s Hospital, and Richard Powers’ The Time of Our Singing.

If you could resurrect one dead author so that he or she could write about the current climate, whom would it be?
I would give anything to read Richard Yates on loneliness and aspiration in the age of Tinder and the gig economy.



About the Author:

Eugenia Williamson is the Associate Editor of Digital Products at Booklist. She worked in bookstores for twelve years, reviews books for The Boston Globe, and writes about books, culture, and politics for several other publications. Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_Genie.

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