by Kathryn Miller Haines
At my day job, we’re currently hosting an NEH Summer Institute for Teachers, teaching them how to integrate music into their classrooms. One of the first things we ask them to do as a way to get to know them, is to have them present a musical autobiography, which consists of a few “artifacts” that help explain the role music has played in their life (an important album, a favorite song, a concert t-shirt, the scars left by your overly-zealous piano teacher.)
I love the activity because it really forces you to think about the way music shapes you as a human being and the various roles it plays in your existence. I was wondering if the same thing couldn’t be done with books. So I propose we use today’s blog as a way of sharing our literary autobiographies. What are some of the books and stories that have shaped who you are as a reader and a writer? Are there other writing and reading related artifacts that you’ve collected that help tell the story of your literary life?
(P.S. I’m a Joseph-Beth Booksellers on Pittsburgh’s Southside tonight reading and discussing The Winter of Her Discontent at 7:00. If you’re in the area, come on by! I’ll have cookies:))