Katherine May in Conversation with Sally Haldorson

April 15, 2022


We invite our reading community to come along as we take a deeper look at The Electricity of Every Living Thing and learn more about author Katherine May through this live-streamed interview.

Porchlight has embarked on a new author interview series in collaboration with independent bookstore Boswell Book Company!

Both Boswell and Porchlight trace their roots back to Milwaukee's Harry W. Schwartz Bookshop, and we are thrilled to be able to come together again for these events.

In this series, we invite our reading community to come along as we take a deeper look at new books and learn more about their authors through live-streamed interviews. We look forward to highlighting a variety of writers who we at Porchlight personally look up to, and to conduct interviews that peel back the layers of these inspirational authors and their ideas—ideas that have impacted and continue to influence our lives.

Our first interview, with Katherine May, was conducted by our Managing Director Sally Haldorson on February 16th. Here is the full video of that interview.


Purchase a copy of Katherine's book from our event partners, Boswell Book Company, here.

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Katherine May is an internationally bestselling author and podcaster living in Whitstable, UK. Her hybrid memoir Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times became a New York Times, Sunday Times and Der Spiegel bestseller, was adapted as BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week, and was shortlisted for the Porchlight and Barnes and Noble Book of the Year. The Electricity of Every Living Thing, her memoir of a midlife autism diagnosis, is currently being adapted as an audio drama by Audible. Other titles include novels such as The Whitstable High Tide Swimming Club, and The Best, Most Awful Job, an anthology of essays about motherhood which she edited. Her journalism and essays have appeared in a range of publications including The New York Times, The Observer and Aeon.

Katherine’s podcast, The Wintering Sessions, ranks in the top 1% worldwide, and she has been a guest presenter for On Being’s The Future of Hope series. Her next book, Enchantment, will be published in 2023.

Katherine lives with her husband, son, two cats and a dog. She loves walking, sea-swimming and pickling slightly unappealing things.

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