Reader Spotlight: The Birchmere's Michael Jaworek

Michael Jaworek, promoter of The Birchmere in Alexandria, and originator and co-founder of the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA, host of the Wammies, DC's version of the Grammys), and long-time Book World reader, is one of our community's voracious readers.
"I usually have several books going at the same time," he says. "I read every evening usually in bed for an hour or so and on weekends."


Michael Jaworek, right, and his son, Lee.

Currently, he's sailing through:
1) The Admiral's Daughter, by Julian Stockwin.
"I am a huge fan of the nautical novel as I spent many summers on salt water, especially of writers like Stockwin, who specialize in tales of the British Navy during the Napoleonic wars. Stockwin's Captain Kydd, humble and straightforward, is less a picaresque rogue than Dewey Lambdin's Captain Alan Lewrie or C.S. Forester's somewhat neurotic Horatio Hornblower. Still, I love reading them all."

2) Agincourt, by Bernard Cornwell.
"Cornwell is one of the best historical fiction writers of this or any time."

3) New Arabian Nights, by Robert Louis Stevenson.
"It's somewhat stilted in style, yet Stevenson's stories are as engaging -- and connected to each other -- as the stories of Scheherazade."

Jaworek keeps a file of clippings about books he's thinking about reading next. At The Birchmere last Thursday afternoon, Jaworek's son Lee, 19, a freshman at Northern Virginia Community College, was devouring J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7), his entire set of books on hand in case he wanted to refer to earlier volumes. Asked what was happening in the book, he said, "The turmoil is in hiatus."

If only the same could be said about the state of the world. What are you reading these days?

-- Mary Ishimoto Morris

By Mary Ishimoto Morris |  February 10, 2009; 7:00 AM ET Mary Morris
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I also read several books at the same time. Right now I have "A Pair of Blue Eyes" by Thomas Hardy; "Bleak House"; and "Far From the Madding Crowd." But I'm also reading some Anne Tyler and just finished John Maynard Schwartz's "The Commoner."

Posted by: choirgirl04 | February 11, 2009 9:24 AM

Dear Choirgirl04, that's just amazing. Enviously, Mary

Posted by: marymorris | February 13, 2009 8:17 PM

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