As promised a couple of weeks ago, here is an excerpt of my video interview with Rachel Simon, author of The Story of Beautiful Girl. To view the long version (26 minutes) please click here – the long version is less like an interview and more like a conversation, but Rachel's answers were elaborate, passionate, and so well-considered that I tried to keep edits to a minimum.
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Rachel Simon, author of bestselling memoir Riding the Bus with My Sister was on a pre-sale tour in Toronto this week to promote her new novel, The Story of Beautiful Girl (Grand Central/Hachette, ISBN 9780446574464, release date May 4, 2011), a love story tracing the divergent paths of a young developmentally disabled woman and a deaf African American man. I was able to sit down with Rachel for what turned out to be a very pleasant and engaging chat, mainly due to the fact that she absolutely radiates with kindness and empathy – but also because we have something in common which you can discover from a blog post about her Canadian visit. And no, it's not that we both like to chat endlessly (though that is also true – we ended up with over half an hour of footage!). We will be posting video of this interview in a couple of weeks.