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Skinny Dip with Kathleen Baxter

Kathleen Baxter and Pete Steiner

Kathleen Baxter and Pete Steiner, the grandson of the real-life Cab Edwards in the Betsy-Tacy books

Kathleen Baxter, a librarian for more than 30 years, a nationally-known booktalker, a co-author of the wonderful Gotcha! resource books, is best known as the woman who has worked tirelessly to keep Maud Hart Lovelace’s books in print, thereby introducing new generations of readers to the Betsy-Tacy books and the other cherished novels set in Deep Valley. Her most recent book, My Betsy-Tacy Miracle: a Literary Pilgrimage to Deep Valley, shares the charming, true story of Kathleen’s meeting and correspondence with the author Maud Hart Lovelace. 

What’s the weirdest place you’ve ever read a book? 

Exercise bike, maybe? 

Do you keep your bookshelves in a particular order? 

Not really, though some bookcases have some rhyme or reason to them. 

How many bookcases do you have in your house? 

At least ten.

What’s the predominant color in your wardrobe? 

Black, probably. 

Which library springs to your mind when someone says that word? What do you remember most about it? 

Anoka County Northtown, I worked there for 32 years. 

Which book you read as a child has most influenced your life? 

The Betsy-Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace

What’s your food weakness? 

sugar

What’s your favorite form of exercise? 

walking, I guess

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment? 

It astounds me that both my brother and I are in Who’s Who in America and have been for years.

What’s your favorite flower?

lilacs and lilies of the valley

Have you traveled outside of your state? Which state draws you back? (How many states have you visited?) 

I love New York as well as the New England states. I have been to all the states but Hawaii and I turned down a chance to give a talk there because it would have been crazy to go on the schedule they gave me.

Have you traveled outside of the United States? Which country is your favorite to visit? Why? 

England, Scotland, Ireland. I am an Anglophile to the core, love the Queen, love all things British. And my DNA comes back 97.2% British Isles and Ireland, so that may have something to do with it as well. 

What’s the last performance you saw at a theater? 

Assassins at Theater Latte Da, two days in a row. I love Sondheim. 

Who’s at the top of your list of Most Admired People? 

Stephen Sondheim is right there, for his sheer genius. I greatly admire people who are unfailingly kind and generous.

When you walk into a bakery, what are you most likely to choose from the bakery cases? 

sugary things

What are your favorite pizza toppings?

pepperoni and olives

Do you remember your dreams?

Almost never. 

If you could have dinner with anyone from history, who would you choose (don’t worry about language differences.)

Maud Hart Lovelace

Do you read the end of a book first?

never

If you could be granted one wish, what would you wish for? 

to be slender and only want to eat really healthy food, and not miss anything. 

One Response to Skinny Dip with Kathleen Baxter

  1. David LaRochelle April 13, 2018 at 10:56 pm #

    Kathy was the librarian at the Anoka County Library when I was in elementary school, and I still have her signature on my Summer Reading certificates. Now I am honored that I have her for a friend. She always has fascinating stories to tell, whether it is about books she has read, authors she has met, or theater she has attended. What a vibrant woman!

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