The BKBF Interview: Mira Jacob



In this week’s BKBF Interview, author Mira Jacob author of Good Talk, reveals why her “To Be Read” stack is not relegated to one small corner of her room and which book from that pile she’s already loving.


Where is your favorite place to read?

The subway, when I have a seat.

What books are currently piled in your “To Be Read” stack … and where can the stack be found in your home?

Just yesterday I pulled Angie Cruz’s Dominicana from that stack and I’m already loving it. Whew! She can write. And I want to say something about the TBR pile like “it’s in a small stack by the bed” but the truth is, it is everywhere, on every shelf and table and small clearing that might have been a nice place for an armchair. It also lives inside me like an ever-growing jungle.

What book do you return to most often, whether passages or whole?

Sula by Toni Morrison.

Who made reading important to you?

My mother. She reads more fiction faster than anyone I’ve ever met, and it helps her lie with an aplomb I aspire to.


Mira Jacob is the author of the critically acclaimed novel The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing. Her recent work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Vogue, Glamour, Tin House, Electric Literature and Literary Hub. She lives in Brooklyn and her latest book is Good Talk.


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