His many books include The Snow's Music: Poems (Louisiana State University Press, September 2008) and the memoir, The Wink of the Zenith: The Shaping of a Writer's Life (University of Nebraska Press, September 2008).
A few days ago I asked him what he was reading. His reply:
I'm currently reading the galleys of Patrick French's forthcoming biography of V.S. Naipaul and will follow that with the galleys of Paul Mariani's on Gerard Manley Hopkins. Literary biography is a mainstay of my reading.Visit Floyd Skloot's website.
I'm also partway through Ellen Bryant Voigt's Messenger: New & Selected Poems 1976-2006 and just finished James Wood's How Fiction Works.
I also just finished reading the manuscript of my daughter Rebecca Skloot's forthcoming book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, which Crown will publish next fall. Without any bias at all, I must say it's brilliant, a book that combines the best of narrative nonfiction, science writing, race relations, medical ethics and riveting prose.