For today’s guest Nicole Mattke, a clear and driving plot isn’t the most important thing. She loves beautiful, introspective writing that makes her think about everyday emotions. As a writer herself, she likes getting into the author’s head. And she also spent a year roaming a hotel, doing a job that sounds like it belongs in the pages of a novel.
Today she’s sharing some of the stories she heard during her time there, and the literary community-building project she started and has continued to this day. If I’m being vague, it’s because Nicole tells her own story so well, and I don’t want to spoil it!
So let’s get to it.
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Books mentioned in this episode:
• The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg
• Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Other Stories, by Lewis Carroll
• A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles
• The Snow Child, by Eowyn Ivey
• The Veins of the Ocean, by Patricia Engel
• The History of Love, by Nicole Krauss
• Forest Dark, by Nicole Krauss
• Circe, by Madeline Miller
• Daisy Jones & the Six, by Taylor Jenkins Reid
♥ The Alphabet of Grace, by Frederick Buechner
♥ A Place For Us, by Fatima Farheen Mirza
♥ The Blind Contessa’s New Machine, by Carey Wallace
▵ Fates and Furies, by Lauren Groff
• Blackberry and Wild Rose, by Sonia Velton
• The Stationery Shop, by Marjan Kamali
• Rumi: Poems, by Jalal Al-Din Rumi
• On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old, by Parker
• Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation, by Parker Palmer
• The Girl from the Metropol Hotel, by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
• The Pfister Hotel’s artist-in-residence program
• The Pfister’s narrator-in-residence program
• Nicole’s contributions to the Pfister blog
• Watch the Pfister’s event page for upcoming book club meetings
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What do YOU think Nicole should read next?