More than 90 people have already registered for MinnPost’s first Book Club Blast. But there’s still room for you.
MinnPost journalist Nick Hayes, who’ll be one of our six Speed Chatters, has a book coming out just days before the Blast. Thanks to Audra Otto for preparing this Q&A series.
MinnPost: Tell us about your upcoming book release.
Nick Hayes: My memoir of my father, “And One Fine Morning,” will be published by Nodin Press on March 1, 2010.
It’s the story of my father’s heart attack, failed recovery, and death in the mid-1950s, when he was at the height of his career as one of Minnesota’s most successful modernist architects and I was only 8.
The memoir delves into his family’s past, from its emigration from Ireland during the Famine to its pioneer days in Canada and North Dakota.
I also chronicle my father’s life from a childhood on the North Side of Minneapolis to his university days, the hard times of the Depression, and his service in Africa and the Pacific in WWII.
Finally, “And One Fine Morning” is the story of my father’s Minneapolis — the Irish American community of the 1920s and 1930s — and a time when both he and Minneapolis came of age.
MP: Which writers or works have been the strongest influences on your own writing?
NH: Vladimir Nabokov, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Anton Chekov, and Chaucer.
MP: What do you love most about living in Minnesota?
NH: Although I have lived abroad and in other regions of the U.S. for substantial portions of my life, I am now and always have been a guy from Minneapolis. Its voice and landscape are my voice and landscape.