Laurie Hernandez is one of the featured authors, and she’s mostly known for her breathtaking routines at the Olympics. How would you say dedicated athleticism compliments writing a novel?
Laurie’s book is not a novel, but a memoir of her life. It’s entitled I’VE GOT THIS and it tackles her drive and determination. I mean, 16-year-old, Olympic-winning, Dancing with the Stars-winning, NY Times best-seller children’s list. But I know one thing we all have that she doesn’t have: a driver’s license!
Gerri Hirshey was Rolling Stone’s first female contributing editor.How do you think a woman’s place in the world of journalism has changed, compared to 20 years ago?
That’s a loaded question. It’s more about how censorship and sensitivity has changed. I know from the time I began my work in TV and radio to today with radio and writing, everything has to be politically correct. We can’t express directly what needs to be said. I suspect that plays a big role in why Donald Trump won the Presidency. But women? Where do we begin? We have a lot more work to do to level the playing field.
Some speed round questions for fun.
• What is your favorite genre to read? Literary non-fiction.
• What age did you discover your love for writing? Fourteen. Bedroom diaries. I realized if I had six months left to live I’d type faster.
• Favorite quote from a book? I founded a book festival, so…Charlotte Bronte: The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.
• First favorite novel? Shamefully it was ‘Gone with the Wind’. Proudly…anything Charlotte Bronte, Edgar Allen Poe.
• Hard cover or Paperback? Hard cover. And I always choose the book over electronic devices, unless I’m on a plane. Too bulky a bag for carry-on.
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