After an attack of viral-induced brain damage -- "overnight, I was geezered," he recalls -- author Floyd Skloot persevered in his writing. His account of the ordeal, In the Shadow of Memory, was selected as a Summer 2003 pick in our Discover Great New Writers program.
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Date of Birth:
July 6, 1947
Place of Birth:
Brooklyn, New York
B.A., Franklin & Marshall College, 1969; M.A., Southern Illinois University, 1971
Emily Clark Balch Prize in Poetry, 2000; Oregon Book Award in Poetry, 2001; Pushcart Prize (2004 edition)
Floyd Skloot's official web site
|Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick|
|In the Shadow of Memory|
From our editors: "Combining a novelist's eye with a remarkable compassion for a public uncomfortable with the disabled, the result is anything but dour -- Skloot's fusion of his personal journey with accessible, yet fascinating, scientific research is insightful, moving, and downright humorous."
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|Writing in the Round|
|In our exclusive interview, Skloot told us about where he does his writing: "I live in a small round house in the middle of 20 acres of forest on a hillside in remote western Oregon. My wife, Beverly, built the place before we were together. The silence, the isolation, the beauty all around me, the lack of edges to the space we live in, and the intimacy with which we live are all powerfully inspiring for my work." |
|If I Had a Book Club...||Favorite Writers and Reads|
We asked Skloot about what he'd choose to read if he were in charge of a book club. He named Gail Godwin's Evensong and Father Melancholy's Daughter, explaining, "If a book club exists to get people talking about vital issues triggered by reading together, then Godwin's interrelated novels strike me as ideal choices."
|The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat|
Skloot talked with us about some of his all-time favorite books -- Oliver Sacks' classic among them. Read our interview to learn more about Skloot's favorite writers and reads, including:
|Photo courtesy of the University of Nebraska Press||