By Kate E. Stephenson
In this fourth week of May 2013, I hereby call to order the 20th meeting of Kate’s Book Club. Every week, we shall be reading a tome either (a) penned by an author named Kate or (b) that includes a character named Kate. If you missed our last meeting, it’s easy to catch up.
Club members, this week meet Kate Feiffer.
Kate Feiffer is the author of nine popular picture books and two middle grade readers. Her books include Double Pink, Henry The Dog with No Tail, My Side of The Car, Signed By Zelda, and My Mom is Trying To Ruin My Life, which is being turned into a musical for the stage. Prior to writing for kids, Kate worked as a television news producer and made the documentary film “Matzo & Mistletoe,” which is an exploration of her secular Jewish identity. Her books and the film have won some lovely awards. For the past fifteen years, Kate has lived on Martha’s Vineyard island with her husband, daughter and their dog Henry, an Australian Shepherd with no tail. Kate is always happy to hear from fans and you can email her here and follow her on Twitter.
And now without further ado, Kate Feiffer answers our questions…
Who named you Kate and why?
When I ask my father, he says I was named after his favorite actress at the time of my birth, Katherine Hepburn, who went by Kate. When I ask my mother, she says I was definitely not named for Katherine Hepburn. She claims I was named for Kate in The Taming of The Shrew. My father is adamant that he would never have named me after such an unpleasant character. He’s sticking with Hepburn. My mother remains a Hepburn denier. Their marriage didn’t last. Continue reading