Interview Series: Chapter 1

Caitlyn Corcoran and Howard Hanna

Our Interview with Howard Hanna & Caitlin Corcoran

Q:  I know the two of you started a book reading challenge last year, documented on Instagram.  Tell us about it.  What inspired the challenge and what did you learn?  Are you still keeping up with it?
Growing up I was an avid reader, my parents instilled a love of books early on. Some of my favorite memories are going to The Reading Reptile (OG location in Westport) for their pizza party book clubs. Owning a small business is very time consuming, making time for hobbies can be tricky. Howard started this challenge really as a way to read more non-food books. He’s been better at keeping up with the challenge then I have. I love reading because it’s something you can do anywhere. Take a few moments every day. I can’t wait till the streetcar goes to Westport so I can read on my commute! 

Q:  Howard, if you could cook one meal for a famous author, living or dead, what would you cook, who would you cook it for and why? Caitlin, same question with cocktails, what cocktail would you love to make/drink with which author?
To be honest, I don't make a lot of cocktails anymore especially at home. I would love to host MFK Fisher to a dinner party at our new apartment. The evening would start with with oysters on the half shell and champagne and finish at the wee hours of the morning with amaros and ice cream sundaes. 

Q: What is your all time most favorite book (or five)?
Night by Elie Wiesel 
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
A People’s History of the United States of America by Howard Zinn
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape edited by Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti

Q: What are you reading right now or what is on your to-be-read list? 
Just finished Women, Race, Class by Angela Davis. The next few books I would like to read are: Champagne by Peter Liem, The Autobiography of Malcom X, and Cows Save the Planet: And Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth.

Q: Would you ever write a book? If so what would it be about?
Definitely! I'll always loved the idea of writing a kids book about flavors, tasting, and food.

Q: You guys live in the Rivermarket. What would you most like to see or experience in a bookstore/bar in your neighborhood?  Are there other bookstores you have been to that you have fallen in love with? What did you love about it?
I'm a sucker for good periodicals especially ones involving food and beverages. I would love have a bookstore that stocked some of my favorite quarterly or monthly publications such as Cherry Bombe, Toothache, Glou-Glou, etc. I love a good used section too!