A New York Times Interview With Author Jane Smiley

From a New York Times By the Book interview headlined “Jane Smiley Wishes Readers Would Embrace More Diverse Books”:

“It’s always tempting for readers to read novels about people like themselves,” says the author, whose latest novel is “A Dangerous Business.” “One of the benefits of literature classes in school is that kids get an early exposure to people who are not like them.”

What books are on your night stand?

“Mythos: The Greek Myths Reimagined,” by Stephen Fry, “The Hollow Land,” by Jane Gardam, “Young Eliot: From St. Louis to ‘The Waste Land,’” by Robert Crawford, “Either/Or,” by Elif Batuman, “Grand Avenue: A Novel in Stories,” by Greg Sarris, “The Blessing,” by Nancy Mitford.

What’s the last great book you read?