Martin Cruz Smith ~ Author in the News

Martin Cruz Smith, author of blockbusters that include “Gorky Park,” writes about people who uncover and keep secrets. But for 18 years, he’s had a secret of his own.

In 1995, Smith learned he had Parkinson’s disease. But he kept it hidden, not only from the public, but from his publisher and editors. “I didn’t want to be judged by that,” said Smith, 71. “Either I’m a good writer or I’m not.” I don’t want to be known as our pre-eminent Parkinson’s writer.’
His new book, “Tatiana,” was produced in an unusual way. Smith spoke the words, while his wife typed them, gave feedback, and made his on-the-spot changes.
Kudos to the author, and his intriguing new book. Learn more about it on my show, The Book Report. 

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