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Catherine Connell yes


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Ninamarie yes


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Marcia q I can't imagine reading State of Wonder & not reading Heart of Darkness at the same time. Was Conrad an influence for you when writing State of Wonder?


Gretchen yes


Nathan yes


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Sydney Young Yes.


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Paige Humpston Can't watch, but also read all of hers in addition to State of Wonder


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Jemetiens yes yes yes!


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Amy Yes!


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emily q Hi Ann, delighted to have this chance to hear from you. I live in Brazil and found your description of the country quite accurate in State of Wonder. Did you travel to Manaus and the Brazilian Amazon much to write this book?


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Annie yes!


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Mary Mary Helen Fein: looking forward to joining in.


Tanya Yes!


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Kate Yes, I'm very interested in attending


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Liana yes!


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Mary yes- Just finished State of Wonder, thanks for a book that helped me understand the commitment people make when they leave their homeland to do studies or missionary work.


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Liana q what were your favorite memories of reading growing up and did this influence the creation of Parnassus Books? What was your reaction when you saw yourself on Time's 100 Most Influential People list?


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Sam Sattler Yes.


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DANIEL MAYORGA q I enjoyed Bel Canto as latin and witnnes of the taking of an embassy in my country for a revolutionary group. What actual event inspired you to write such a wonderful book?


Brian yes


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Elaine Baskin Yes


Shelly Yes, thrilled about this chat! Our book club is reading State of Wonder (my recommendation).


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Shelly q I also thought about Heart of Darkness when reading State of Wonder. Your writing was so vivid, I felt that


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Shelly Your writing was so vivid, I felt that I was right there in the rain forest. q Although your writing was beautiful, I disliked Patron Saint because I could not believe Rose could abandon her daughter. In State of Wonder, a family is reunited at the end. Did you feel that State of Wonder had a "better" ending (more closure, etc.) than Patron Saint of Liars?


Karen yes, please send reminder


Nancy Yes! I so admire this writer for also opening a book store n this time of fear for small shops


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Eva Pohler Eva Pohler: After reading State of Wonder, I thought about Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible and how different the native people were treated by the missionaries versus the doctors in your story. Did the Kingsolver's novel influence you at all?


Rachel Rachel Clark: yes, please remind. q: this might be like asking a mother to say which child she likes best, but do you have a favorite among the novels you've written? Who are some writers you admire? What kinds of books are you most eager to sell?


Laura yes


Sanemets Yes


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Darlene q State of Wonder was a joy to read. What caused you to select Eden Prairie, Minnesota as the place where Marina and Anders worked and lived? The name Eden Prairie is rich in symbolism, but it's also a real place (I live in the next town).


Barbara Yes


Joyce Yes, please.


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Jacqui yes...


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