Paige Peterson

in conversation with Jesse Kornbluth

Recorded Wednesday, December 9th, 2020

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Paige Peterson‘s Growing Up Belvedere-Tiburon, transports readers to a real-life Brigadoon, merging her memories of her magical childhood with archival photographs that trace the history of these small, lovingly protected communities.

As a journalist, Paige has reported extensively about the Middle East and contributed to Marin Magazine, New York Social Diary and the National Council on U.S. Arab Relations. With Christoper Cerf, she is also the co-author and illustrator of Blackie: The Horse Who Stood Still, and the illustrator of “A Christmas Carol,” adapted by Jesse Kornbluth. As a painter, she is represented by Gerald Peters Gallery in New York and has been honored by The Guild Hall Academy of the Arts in East Hampton. She is Author and Artist in Residence at Literacy Partners and a board member of Catmosphere, National Council on U.S. Arab Relations, and Safari West Wildlife Foundation. Raised in Belvedere, Ms. Peterson has two adult children and lives in New York City.

Jesse Kornbluth writes books and plays and edits a cultural concierge site.  As a magazine journalist, he has been a contributing editor for Vanity Fair and New York, and a contributor to The New Yorker and The New York Times. As an author, his books include “Highly Confident: The Crime and Punishment of Michael Milken,” “Pre-Pop Warhol,” and two novels, Married Sex and JFK and Mary Meyer: A Love Story. His play about Henri Matisse, “The Color of Light,” has been produced in California and New York. On the Web, he co-founded Bookreporter.com. From 1997 to 2003, he was Editorial Director of America Online. In 2004, he launched HeadButler.com.

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    When you can – Where will you travel next?

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    What is the one tip you would give to an american traveling and doing interviews internationally?

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    What is one of the biggest things you have learned from your travels through Saudi Arabia? What drew you to the country?

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    Who are your greatest literary inspirations?

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    What is the last thing you read or saw that inspired you?

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    Where do you find your inspiration? Does it come to you spontaneously or is it more structured than that?

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    How has the pandemic affected your life and work?

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    What are you working on now?

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    What genre of writing do you find the most rewarding? What medium is your preferred (periodical, novel, short story, blog, etc)?

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    What is the appeal of photo essays to you? Everyone says “a photo is worth a thousand words”. Do you find this to be true?

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    Who are some of your favorite authors, whether fiction or non-fiction, and have they influenced your writing?

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    Can you show us some of the photos from the book?