Name: Currently, Kelly Booth.*
Job Title: Creative Director, life + style
Birthplace: Dearborn, Michigan
College major: Graphic Design
Years in the book business: Well, if you wanna get all technical about the “business” part, about 12. But I made my first book when I was seven. Then, in art school, I worked in the library repairing artist’s books. Oh, and I was a writer for a while, too. Some of my travel writing made it into an actual book, but I mostly worked on a bunch of stories and novels I’ve never tried to publish.
Three words. Working for a book publisher is: A real page-turner.
Is this what you wanted to be when you grew up? It was more of a back-up plan in case the Grizzly Adams meets Charlie’s Angel meets Time & Space Adventurer thing didn’t work out. I still have high hopes for a couple of those.
What's the last book you read? Favorite book? Would you believe the last one was a Cahuilla-English dictionary?** My favorite might be a toss up between A. S. Byatt's Possession and Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities. And Latin American-style magical realism was at least partly responsible for my year-and-a-half long quest throughout Central and South America.
What's your favorite thing to do when you're not reading? Going new places, learning new things, and making stuff.
It's Friday, late afternoon. Visions of what refreshing beverage start swimming in your mind? Anything my husband, Lou, feels like mixing up. Seriously. He’s a booze and cocktail expert so he reviews artisanal spirits and invents a lot of delicious cocktail recipes. I always volunteer to “help.”
Favorite lunch under $10 in San Francisco? A slice of Tony’s pizza.
The office is empty and you can crank the music as loud as you like. What track? Totally empty? Promise? I’d sing.
Shamelessly goofy riddle or knock-knock joke. Please share. Why did the hipster burn his mouth? Because he drank that coffee before it was cool.
What's your superpower? It’s pretty well documented that I’m a “crazy magnet,” since I unwittingly seem to attract bizarre and unusual exploits. Problem is, I haven’t exactly perfected my ability to wield it yet—and I definitely haven’t decided whether to use it for good or evil.
* I was adopted. My 100% unconfirmed, original baby name might have been: Susan Rowe.
** Yep, read it cover to cover in search of language-based inspiration for some pieces I'm planning to make during an artist residency this spring in Joshua Tree National Park.