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Skinny Dip with Cynthia Grady

Cynthia GradyFor this inter­view, we vis­it with Cyn­thia Grady, author and librar­i­an, at her home in New Mex­i­co.

Which celebri­ty, liv­ing or not, do you wish would invite you to a cof­fee shop?

Oh, most def­i­nite­ly Beat­rix Pot­ter. My ear­li­est lit­er­ary hero.

Which book do you find your­self rec­om­mend­ing pas­sion­ate­ly?

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Back­man. I turned back to page 1 as soon as I fin­ished read­ing it.

 Whirley-Pop Hand Crank Popping MachineWhat’s your favorite late-night snack?

Popcorn—fresh popped on the stove in a Whirley-Pop Hand Crank Pop­ping Machine –with lots of but­ter and salt. But I will pop it and eat it any­time.

Most cher­ished child­hood mem­o­ry?

I wouldn’t call this my most cher­ished mem­o­ry exact­ly, but one that I’ve been revis­it­ing lately—is how a friend and I roamed sev­er­al neigh­bor­hoods, cross­ing streets we weren’t allowed to cross, by way of creeks and drainage pipes.  

Tea? Cof­fee? Milk? Soda? What’s your favorite go-to drink?

Am I allowed to say Irish whiskey? Straight up? After that comes laven­der lemon­ade. Mmm­mm. Deli­cious.

Necco wafersWhat gives you shiv­ers?

The dark. Since age 3.

Your favorite can­dy as a kid …

Neccos—at the movies.

What’s the strangest tourist attrac­tion you’ve vis­it­ed?

The Muse­um of Ques­tion­able Med­ical Devices, now locat­ed with­in the Sci­ence Muse­um of Min­neso­ta. A fright­en­ing expe­ri­ence of med­ical quack­ery!

RabbitsBroth­er and sis­ters or an only child? How did that shape your life?

Ah. I am num­ber six of nine chil­dren. Being the youngest of the first six, the eldest of the bot­tom four, and near­ly in the mid­dle over­all has shaped every sin­gle bit of my life, from my abil­i­ty to sleep any­where to my absolute love of silence.  Plus, I dis­play all of the char­ac­ter­is­tics on those birth order charts.

Best tip for liv­ing a con­tent­ed life?

A house rab­bit or two.

9 Responses to Skinny Dip with Cynthia Grady

  1. Cynthia October 19, 2016 at 5:25 pm #

    Thank you, Vic­ki! I’ve enjoyed think­ing about your ques­tions!

  2. Michele Wood October 19, 2016 at 10:15 pm #

    Good facts to know! Cyn­thia Grady is an awe­some author of Like A bird and I Lay My Stitch­es Down. Good and fun read­ing.

  3. David LaRochelle October 21, 2016 at 2:29 pm #

    So many peo­ple have rec­om­mend­ed “A Man Called Ove,” I will need to read it myself. And after your descrip­tion of your favorite late night snack, I’ll want to have some fresh popped pop­corn handy!

    • Cynthia July 14, 2017 at 6:27 pm #

      Hel­lo, David,

      Did you ever read Ove?

  4. nancyboflood October 23, 2016 at 3:43 pm #

    It’s been a delight to meet Cyn­thia in per­son, at a High­lights work­shop and more recent­ly at Poet­ry Camp. I think she is still ready to cross for­bid­den streets and explore risky ter­ri­to­ry.

    • Vicki Palmquist October 25, 2016 at 8:15 am #

      Good to know about these con­nec­tions, Nan­cy!

    • Cynthia July 14, 2017 at 6:28 pm #

      Haha. Always.

  5. Nancy J Johnson November 7, 2016 at 1:59 am #

    I also had the good for­tune to meet Cyn­thia at Poet­ry Camp. Wish I would’ve known about that Irish Whiskey (straight up) — I would’ve offered a toast to her newest book with that favorite go-to drink!

  6. Cynthia July 14, 2017 at 6:29 pm #

    Thank you, Nan­cy! We’ll drink next time.

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