‘What they’re reading’ — playwright Kevin Kling

“What they’re reading” appears as an occasional series in MinnPost’s Book Club Club section. We’re asking well-known and not-so-well-known Minnesotans to tell us about the books they’re reading and recommending to others — and why. In today’s installment, we hear from playwright, storyteller and frequent NPR commentator Kevin Kling.

I’m currently reading “The Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum. I’m doing a show at the Fitzgerald based on its characters. Baum is incredible, what a ride. Beautiful.

Poetry and more poetry…love it. Most recently, Peter Bakowski’s “Days That We Couldn’t Rehearse.” And Freya Manfred — wow.

It’s the time for poetry. I load up on poetry in autumn, like squirrels eating everything in sight, knowing winter’s blast is just around the corner.

The books I recommend to others really vary by situation.

Recently, I’ve recommended “Peer Gynt,” “Beowulf,” “Gilgamesh,” “The Illiad” and “Song of Roland” — stories that passed from oral tradition into written language.

They’re an incredible blend of spoken words and arresting visual imagery.

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Leslie Gibson on 10/19/2010 - 01:22 pm.

    Hi Kevin, and thanks for your recommendations. I’ve not read The Wizard of Oz, but will add do so in anticipation of your Fitzgerald performance.

    It just so happens that this evening, our book club is discussing YOUR book – The Dog Says How. I loved every story, and look forward to discussing them with my friends – thanks so much!

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