Barbara Kingsolver

Before that I was a scientist. I did research in population biology. And that’s what I always go back to, it helps me to remember that people are not the end of the world, although we may be when it comes to it. We’re just one species among millions in this world.

“Before that I was a scientist. I did research in population biology. And that’s what I always go back to, it helps me to remember … Read More

It’s very important to distinguish between innocence and naivete. The innocent do not deserve to be the victims of violence. But only the naive refuse to think about the origins of violence and to pursue the possibility that the genesis of that hatred could be addressed.

“It’s very important to distinguish between innocence and naivete. The innocent do not deserve to be the victims of violence. But only the naive refuse … Read More

I believe with all my heart in delivering on my contract with my readers. They’ve got plenty of other things to do, so I had better give them a reason to turn every one of these 550 pages. This is my promise: I solemnly swear I’ll make you laugh out loud at least once, cry a little in private, and burn whatever you left on the stove.

“I believe with all my heart in delivering on my contract with my readers. They’ve got plenty of other things to do, so I had … Read More

I didn’t study writing in school, I studied biology as an undergraduate and graduate student. So I think that I write fiction in the scientific way. I love invention, obviously; I love creation of character. But I do feel very rooted in the real world, even in the way that I create characters.

“I didn’t study writing in school, I studied biology as an undergraduate and graduate student. So I think that I write fiction in the scientific … Read More

Something in me was always watching life from the outside, permanently obsessed with the notion of belonging vs. not-belonging [to a group]. It did not make for a happy childhood, but it was excellent training for a writer.

“Something in me was always watching life from the outside, permanently obsessed with the notion of belonging vs. not-belonging [to a group]. It did not … Read More