Karen vanMeenen/Writers & Books: You didn’t have many opportunities to read for pleasure as a child. In your memoir The Distance Between Us, you mention a couple of books you treasure. Can you say more about what it was like for you when you did gain more access to books, such as what you read?
I’ve lived in a variety of apartments during my adult life, but my favorite space would have to be the studio apartment I rented when I moved to Rochester in June 1991. The rent was ridiculously affordable and the location—in the heart of what would become The Neighborhood of Arts— spectacular. But it was the little things that sold me on the place: the ample storage space (three closets!) and one wall of windows that offered a view of the changing Rochester skyline, yet another that overlooked the Memorial Art Gallery.