Richard Stern was a Chicago-based author. He died on January 24, 2013.
Golk, Other Men's Daughters, A Father's Words
1985 Medal of Merit for the Novel, 1995 Heartland Award Sistermony
Which one or two American books or plays would you yourself recommend to the foreign leaders?
Jonathan Franzen, Freedom; Annie Proulx, The Old Ace in the Hole
(And if I could recommend two books not by Americans, they would be Zadie Smith, On Beauty, and Simon Sebag Montfiore, Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar.)
Who in your childhood—for example, parent or teacher—encouraged you to read books, and which one or two books do you remember most fondly?
The Shadow of the North by Joseph Altsheler
Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy
Which books by writers of the other G8 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom) have been most important to you as a writer?
French and Russian literature, above all Tolstoy's War and Peace and Dostoevsky's The Idiot and The Possessed; and Gustave Flaubert, Francois Mauriac and Marcel Proust (my all-time favorite).