Dear Readers, we are just about two weeks away from our January Book Wrap for Picture the Dead with author Adele Griffin. We are so excited to talk about the Civil War, Spiritualism, and tricky photographers! Get to know Adele Griffin better by reading this short interview. Enjoy, and we’ll see you at 3 pm on Janurary 27th!
DiMenna Children’s History Museum: What were you like between the ages of 9 and 12?
Adele Griffin: Between the ages of 9 and 12, I had been bitten hard by the theater bug. I loved being in plays, and auditioned for everything at my school and in my community. While I always loved reading, I remember these years particularly as the time I attacked Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie. I loved series books.
DCHM: What is your favorite time period in American history? Why?
AG: There is something romantic and fascinating about the blazing lit scene in the 30s—all of that literary creativity has left us with such amazing and masterful works by Stein, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Ellison, Steinbeck—and on and on. So of course I’d have love to have seen it up-close, to have been near it.
DCHM: What is your favorite place in New York City? Why?
AG: It’s always cool to walk around Strawberry Field in the park, I have huge nostalgia for 43 Jane Street in the village where I used to live—my first NYC apartment, I like to stop by ABC Carpet to look at all of the beautiful things, and I still can get a thrill every time I walk over the Brooklyn Bridge on my way home.
DCHM: What made you want to write Picture the Dead?
AG: Lisa Brown and I landed on Picture the Dead after a lot of brainstorming. We wanted a period piece, we wanted ghosts, we wanted an atmospheric backdrop. And ghosts and Spiritualism were so naturally symbiotic, that the story was a perfect jumping-off from that setting.
DCHM: What 3 words best describe Picture the Dead?
AG: I think Picture the Dead is well-researched, elegant, and suspenseful.