Kate Padilla

About Kate Padilla

Kate Padilla has long enjoyed reading, and for the last decade, combined her writing skills and book pleasure to review books for Authorlink.

Kate’s journalism career began in high school with a weekly column in her hometown newspaper, and later, after graduating from the University of Wyoming, she moved into newspapers as a reporter and editor and also as a radio news director. She subsequently worked as a U.S. Senate staffer helping write legislation and then as a public lands manager for the Department of Interior until her retirement. Now, she is an award-winning poet, artist and writer living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her passion is exploring, traveling to places not often frequented by tourists, ranging from Albania in the Balkans to isolated Honduran islands in the Caribbean.

Not surprisingly Kate favors foreign authors because they immerse her in other worlds and cultures, books such as those written by Nobel Prize winner Naguib Mahfouz, who writes about the Arab world, or Milan Kundera, from Czechoslovakia. Any book written by women with Latin or Mexican roots is a must, she says, listing authors Isabel Allende and Sandra Cisneros as idols. She never passes up a poetry book sent her way, though they are a challenge to review because the poetry is subjective. She also enjoys a good detective novel, and at times, magical fanaticism. Her review favorites include offerings from the Library of America, a nonprofit that collects and preserves writings from America’s key authors. If she had a genre she doesn’t prefer, it would likely be most Western novels. Her pet peeves are preachy religious or moralizing books, those that demean women or have disregard for the environment.

Author Archives for Kate Padilla

The Unknown Kerouac

The Unknown Kerouac edited by Todd Tietchen

February 21, 2017 1:44 pm Published by Comments Off on The Unknown Kerouac edited by Todd Tietchen

The Unknown Kerouac, Todd Tietchen, Library of America - The Library of America’s release of Kerouac’s “rare, unpublished and newly translated writings,” edited by Todd Tietchen, conveys his mastery development as a writer and offers insight into the counterculture’s creative endeavors.


John O'Hara Stories

John O’Hara stories by Charles McGrath, Editor

December 19, 2016 7:57 pm Published by Comments Off on John O’Hara stories by Charles McGrath, Editor

John O’Hara stories, Charles McGrath, Editor, Random House - Twentieth-century American author John O’Hara’s stories of everyday, familiar people are featured in a new Library of America collection, edited by Charles McGrath.


In the Light of the Garden by Heather Burch

In the Light of the Garden by Heather Burch

December 9, 2016 1:21 pm Published by Comments Off on In the Light of the Garden by Heather Burch

In the Light of the Garden, Heather Burch, Lake Union Publishing - Heather Burch stretches the limits of reality in her novel, “In the Light of the Garden,” but still manages to deliver a revitalizing read by adding a little magic and family dynamics.


Livia Lone by Berry Eisler

Livia Lone by Barry Eisler

November 17, 2016 10:32 am Published by Comments Off on Livia Lone by Barry Eisler

Livia Lone, Barry Eisler, Thomas and Mercer - In his crime novel titled after the protagonist, “Livia Lone,” Barry Eisler spins a disconcerting plot around people involved in human trafficking and its victims.


Romeo and/or Juliet by Ryan North

Romeo and/or Juliet: A chooseable-path Adventure by Ryan North

July 19, 2016 12:02 pm Published by Comments Off on Romeo and/or Juliet: A chooseable-path Adventure by Ryan North

Romeo and/or Juliet: A chooseable-path Adventure, Ryan North, Riverhead Books - At first I found Ryan North’s interactive game using Shakespeare’s love story, Romeo and Juliet, a hilarious idea.


Everything I Don’t Remember by Jonas Hassen Khemiri

July 4, 2016 8:11 am Published by Comments Off on Everything I Don’t Remember by Jonas Hassen Khemiri

Everything I Don’t Remember, Jonas Hassen Khemiri, Atria Books - Award-winning Swedish author Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s novel, “Everything I Don’t Remember,” might be re-titled “a book I don’t want to remember.” 


Voices in the Night

Voices in the Night by Steven Millhauser

June 24, 2016 11:49 am Published by Comments Off on Voices in the Night by Steven Millhauser

Voices in the Night, Steven Millhauser, Vintage Books - Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Steven Millhauser’s collection of disquieting short stories, “Voices in the Night,” are outlandish tales laced with jarring twists, reminiscent of the old “Twilight Zone” television series.


Shakespeare in America edited by James Shapiro

May 10, 2016 5:42 pm Published by Comments Off on Shakespeare in America edited by James Shapiro

Shakespeare in America, James Shapiro Editor, Library of America - Willa Cather wrote in 1894 that William Shakespeare “belongs” to two nations, America and England, a theme that resonates through “Shakespeare in America,” an anthology that traces Shakespeare and his influences in the United States from 1776 to the present.


The Practical Navigator by Stephen Metcalfe

The Practical Navigator by Stephen Metcalfe

May 2, 2016 5:43 pm Published by Comments Off on The Practical Navigator by Stephen Metcalfe

The Practical Navigator, Stephen Metcalfe, St. Martins Press - Stephen Metcalfe’s flawlessly crafted novel, “The Practical Navigator,” takes the reader through an emotional, but heartwarming, account of a single parent raising an autistic child.


The Fall of the Moscow Station by Mark Henshaw

The Fall of Moscow Station by Mark Henshaw

April 11, 2016 5:09 pm Published by Comments Off on The Fall of Moscow Station by Mark Henshaw

The Fall of Moscow Station, Mark Henshaw, Touchstone - Mark Henshaw’s experience as a Central Intelligence Agency analyst and member of the CIA’s “Red Cell” think tank offers up informed insight into the inner workings of the spy game between the United States and Russia in his novel, “The Fall of Moscow Station.”