Rita Lakin’s Nightstand
Rita Lakin, author of The Only Woman in the Room: Episodes in My Life and Career as a Television Writer, shares the books currently sitting on her nightstand.
What I always keep on my nightstand, waiting for me to read a little more, is my idol Nora Ephon’s The Most of Nora Ephron, a collection of her articles, stories, plays, books and movies. It’s amazing; Nora did it all. I even quote her in my new book, The Only Woman in the Room, my memoir of the 25 years I spent as a Hollywood writer and producer. Also on the shelf, dear to me, are the writings of my university professor friend, Douglas Unger. Whenever I want to be reminded of fine writing, I re-read one of his deeply imagined stories in his collection, Looking for War. And I eagerly await the publication of his scathing novel about Las Vegas, Dream City.
Being a mystery writer, I have many mystery writer friends, and it’s quite a challenge keeping up with all their books. Waiting their turn: Camille Minichino’s Manhattan in Miniature (as Margaret Grace), Jonnie Jacobs’ Living With Strangers, Margaret Lucke’s House of Whispers, Ann Parker’s Mercury’s Rise, Priscilla Royal’s Satan’s Lullabye, Bette Golden Lamb’s The Organ Harvesters and Kelli Stanley’s City of Ghosts.
A person can’t have too many friends, except when they are all wonderful writers and one is always far behind in the reading!
Rita Lakin is an Emmy-nominated screenwriter, television producer, and published author of seven mystery novels (the Getting Old Is Murder series), two produced plays (No Language But a Cry and Saturday Night at Grossingers), and several short stories. She was among the first women to create, write, and produce for television, helping to establish the role of TV “showrunner” in the 1970s. Lakin is the recipient of both the Edgar Allan Poe Award and the prestigious Avery Hopwood Award.
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