The Book Pixie: If you had to spend the rest of your life in one location, where would it be and why?
Lauren Baratz-Logsted: Where I live now, which is where I've lived for nearly 20 years: Danbury, CT. For people unfamiliar with Danbury, it's a relatively small city but still considered one. It has a multicultural makeup but a geographical sprall that means there's neighborhoods where you can't even tell you're in a city. I like that dichotomy and my daughter loves it here, so for now it suits me down to a T. There's one more reason I give this answer. There are definitely places I have traveled to that I have fallen in love with and could well imagine living - New York City, Seattle, London, Israel, Scotland etc - but it's a philosophy thing. If I'm going to be living a life then I'm going to be loving that life, in the moment, and not wishing myself somewhere else. At least, that's the theory!
Danbury sounds like a wonderful place to live and I'm happy to hear you are happy there. Such a great, well-thought-out answer!
Here are links to the previous and next stops on the tour:
June 18: Kelsey: What is one place in the world you would travel to in order to promote female education and why? http://thebookscout.blogspot.com/
June 22: Chelle: If you could bring any character - not your own - to life for a day, who would it be and why? http://persephonereads.wordpress.com/
Also, here is more information on Lauren's upcoming YA novel, The Education of Bet:
The Education of Bet by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Release Date: July 12th, 2010
Bet is sixteen, very intelligent, but only knows as much as her limited education will allow. In Victorian England, girls aren't allowed to go to school.
Will is also 16, and though not related by blood, he and Bet act like brother and sister. In fact, they even look like brother and sister. And though they're both raised under the same roof, by the same kind uncle, Will has one big advantage over Bet: He's a boy, and being a boy means he isn't stuck in the grand house they call home. He gets to go out into the world--to school.
But that's not what Will wishes. He wants to join the military and learn about real life, not what's written in books.
So one night, Bet comes up with a plan. She'll go to school as Will. Will can join the military. And though it seems impossible, they actually manage to pull it off.
But once Bet gets to the school, she begins to realize the education she's going to get isn't exactly the one she was expecting.