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

Later Essays by Susan Sontag

Susan Sontag: Later Essays

April 25, 2017 4:52 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Later Essays, Susan Sontag, Library of America - The Library of America’s second volume of Susan Sontag’s brilliant observations and critiques, “Later Essays,” illustrates her extraordinary ability to dig deep into political and social conflict and provoke personal introspection.

The Unknown Kerouac

The Unknown Kerouac edited by Todd Tietchen

February 21, 2017 1:44 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The Unknown Kerouac, Todd Tietchen, Library of America - The Library of America’s release of Kerouac’s “rare, unpublished and newly translated writings,” edited by Todd Tietchen, conveys his mastery development as a writer and offers insight into the counterculture’s creative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

Livia Lone by Berry Eisler

Livia Lone by Barry Eisler

November 17, 2016 10:32 am Published by Leave your thoughts

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.

Voices in the Night

Voices in the Night by Steven Millhauser

June 24, 2016 11:49 am Published by Leave your thoughts

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 Leave your thoughts

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.