Hi! I’m Morgan, and I’m a Publicity Assistant here at LBYR. I get the chance to work on amazing titles with amazing people, which makes my job pretty stellar.
Favorite Book of All Time
I think the entire book people population can collectively say this is the toughest question out there. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Beautiful and the Damned is certainly a front runner, tied with Twelfth Night. But, can I name a play? Does that count? I feel like it should. You get shipwrecked twins, disguised protagonists, unrequited love, and Malvolio. What more could you want in a dramatic comedy from one of the greatest writers in history? Not to mention the monologues are fantastic
Favorite LBYR Book
When I was in 6th grade, I begged my mom to let me read Twilight. It was before New Moon even came out, and I immediately became obsessed to the point of checking Stephanie Meyer’s website for daily updates, attending publication parties at midnight for New Moon and Eclipse, and reading the entire series too many times to count (officially I remember 13, but probably more). It holds a very special place in my tween heart. Another personal fav soon to be published is Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel. Without giving too much away, I can say this novel is surreal, gut wrenching, and inspiring.
A Signed Book on Your Shelf
I saw Salman Rushdie speak at the University of Asheville during my senior year of college, and it was a completely unmatched experience. The next day I was perusing the Battery Park Book Exchange (Check it out! Wonderful spot if you’re ever looking for cozy, bookish places in Asheville, NC.) when I found a signed, first edition copy of Salman Rushdie’s Shalimar the Clown. It’s a sacred item on my bookshelf.
A Worn Out (but Well- Loved Book)
Delirium by Lauren Oliver. It’s a lovely dystopian YA novel that gets down to the raw, instinctual aspects of love, and why we as humanity need it. This book, coincidentally, is also a signed book on my shelf.
A Literary Obsession
I’ve come up with a system for my bookshelves, where I put the least liked books at the bottom or top, actually not least liked…let’s go with loved less. I work my way to the middle shelves, putting my favorites at eye level or as close to eye level as I can get. It’s nice to have all your old book friends right in your line of vision, so when you walk by you glance at them first.
Non-Book Bookish Item
I have a comfy, velvet, emerald green chair sitting next to a big window in my room. There are trees outside, and I can see a sliver of Central Park from where I sit. There are lots of other things that I could name here (coffee, cherry tomatoes, dogs, Vans), but that spot might be the calmest place in New York City for me. And what book lover doesn’t adore a big, relaxing, comfy reading chair?