Booklist Readers: Courtney Eathorne

FullSizeR-1-220x315Today’s Booklist Reader is Courtney Eathorne, our fall 2016 intern. A senior at Columbia College Chicago pursuing a degree in playwriting, she won us all over very quickly. [Editor’s note: Myself included! She’s such a good writer and such a quick study and has so much energy.]

Briana Shemroske agrees: “Courtney has been an enthusiastic, witty, hard-working machine from day one! I’ve been so impressed by her data entry, blogging, and Pinterest-ing abilities. She will be greatly missed around here.”

And so does Biz Hyzy. “Courtney was a total dream to work with, says Hyzy. “Courtney was one of those explain-it-to-her-once-she-has-it-memorized-forever interns. Other than being reliable, efficient, and eager to take on more work, she brought positive energy to the office. I’ll definitely miss her!”

But let’s allow Courtney to speak for herself. . .


What do you do when you’re not at Booklist?

I can usually be found feverishly writing theatre to complete my Playwriting degree by May 15th. I also spend a lot of time making books in the publications department at 826 Chicago, and tadpoling around the bottom of my dorm’s indoor pool while on duty as an RA. In the dorm? Have a problem? Don’t call me, as I am likely underwater.


What is your least favorite thing to do?

Accept documentary filmmakers as biased people. I believe everything those wizards tell me. I like to be informed, but I’m also a sucker.


mothers britt bennettWhat is the last book you read?

The Mothers, by Brit Bennett. It’s one of those rare novels that can be loved by readers ages 14-99. It gets you thinking about all the ways in which we are mothered, and all the mothering we do throughout the day. Incredible.


What is the last book that made you cry?

Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah. He is the most eloquent, intelligent voice in comedy today, and our country really doesn’t deserve him. He’s the only person I would seriously consider marrying.


What do you wish someone would write a book about, fiction or nonfiction?

I wish someone would write about the two young people charged with starting the recent wildfires in Gatlinburg, TN. I am slow to believe they intended to cause the entirety of the damage that resulted, and I’m desperate to get inside their heads. How does it feel to have made such a colossal, unspeakable mistake? How do you go forward?



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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