The Pacific Northwest likes to read, and what better way to get book suggestions than to ask around? In this monthly feature, we ask prominent Northwest residents what books they’re reading, rereading and recommending — and why.

This month: Kirsten Smith, screenwriter of the Tacoma/Seattle-filmed “10 Things I Hate About You” and a former Washington state resident, shares her literary picks.

Q: What book are you reading now?

A: Right now I’m reading “The Feral Detective” by Jonathan Lethem, a brilliant female detective story by one of our greatest writers.

Q: What book have you reread the most?

A: I probably have read Sharon Olds’ book of poetry “The Dead and the Living” the most, since she is my favorite poet.

Q: What book do you recommend other people read and why?

A: I’m not sure about the recommendation — there are so many! I love Seattle author Katrina Carrasco’s novel “The Best Bad Things,” another great female detective story set in Port Townsend.

— compiled by Yasmeen Wafai

(Jennifer Luxton / The Seattle Times)
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