William Least Heat-Moon Answers Our Quiz

Of course, what we really want to know is: what is like to have a book on the New York Times bestseller list for 42 weeks, but instead, we'll just stick with our regular questions.


What is your favorite word? 



Name one book that you would like everyone in the world to read.

THE SIXTH EXTINCTION, by Elizabeth Kolbert


If you could visit any literary location, real or imagined, where would it be?

The Moon. (FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON, by Jules Verne.)


What is your favorite opening line of a novel or poem? 

How calmly does the orange branch/Observe the sky begin to blanch - Tennessee Williams


What book did you most enjoy in the last year? 

THE NEW UNIVERSE AND THE HUMAN FUTURE, by Nancy Abrams and Joel Primack


What’s the strangest question you’ve ever been asked at an author event? 

"Where is your father buried?"


Tell us one thing about Missouri that you knew without having to look it up on the Internet. 

Missouri borders eight other states.