Name: Carol Wohlford
Book you’ve always meant to read but haven/t: Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of
Human Societies, by Jared Diamond. It was published in 1997, won the Pulitzer
Prize and others. The National Geographic Society did a documentary on it on
PBS in 2005. I have bought the book, I have checked out the book from the
library. I have never read it, and I don’t know why!
Book you’ve read too many times to count: Gone With the Wind, by Margaret
Mitchell. I first read it as a fifth grader, then read it every year for decades
afterwards. But several years ago, I put it down, once and for all. I don’t re-read
Favorite genre: I enjoy, most, literary fiction, defined by Wikipedia as works that are
often “complex, literate, multilayered novels that wrestle with universal
dilemmas”. But I also really enjoy speculative fiction, which encompasses:
utopian/dystopian fiction, horror, fantasy, science fiction, supernatural,
apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction.
Do you currently have any overdue items or fines? Oops!
Your favorite book from childhood? Toby Tyler, by James Otis Kahler. It is a classic
tale of a little orphan boy who runs away to the circus and is befriended by a
monkey. They have to find an escape from a very cruel circus master.
What superpower would you like to have? Definitely, invisibility!
What is your favorite place to eat/shop/hang out? I like to hang out wherever my friends and family are. If there is a KU game on, that would be at one of our houses or at the Field House. If we’re going out to eat, we like anything on or around Massachusetts Street in Lawrence. But I’ll hang in Italy any old time, given the chance, too – with or with out family and friends!!!
Interesting bonus fact(s) (special skill? volunteer experience? Etc.): Let’s see . . . I
was recruited in college to joint the CIA (perhaps because my majors were French
and Russian???). I was Slavic librarian at the Smithsonian. I have five grown
children. I’ve studied in Paris, lived a year in Japan, love to sing and play piano
and guitar, and paint in acrylics. I have managed a successful Mayoral campaign
in Wichita and a successful library building campaign in Andover, KS. I lived
with my family in Wichita for almost thirty years, but returned to my hometown
of Lawrence a little over a year ago.