Today we are introducing a new feature here called Good Reads, which will present what Hollywood power players are reading now and what is special about the book. We kick off Good Reads with a multi-book reader, Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer of AMC’s blockbuster zombie-apocalypse series The Walking Dead, which returns for its fifth season on October 12.
“I’m a huge proponent of people reading actual printed books,” says the veteran producer, who admits she does most of her reading on planes or just before going to sleep. “I know they’re heavy, I know it’s a pain in the butt, especially when you’re reading more than one, but I’m old-fashioned. I still read the newspaper too, and I read it and get black ink all over my fingers. But I just love books. I have probably five or six thousand.”
If you’re surprised Hurd didn’t slip in a plug for The Walking Dead by talking about reading the comics co-created by her fellow EP Robert Kirkman on which the series is based — well, “I’m completely caught up on those,” she says.
Here’s what Hurd is reading right now
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer (Riverhead Trade)
“This novel came out last year, I picked it up at the airport in a bookstore. It’s a very interesting story that goes back and forth between teenagers who meet at this arts camp. It looks at how their lives develop as they become young adults into their 20s and 30s. I think it’s fascinating, especially since my one experience in camp was awful. This is an experience that people attending camp had where it was life changing in a good way. Mine was, ‘Get me out of here — I never want to come back.'”
The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman (William Morrow)
“I’m a huge fan of Neil’s and know him. I love everything that he does, including this latest novel of his, which I just started on.”
The Way Of The Knife: The CIA, A Secret Army, And A War At The End Of The Earth by Mark Mazzetti (Penguin Books)
“One reason I’ve been reading The Way Of The Knife, which I am probably halfway through, is for another TV project of mine. Hunters, a new project that I’m doing, is an adaptation of Whitley Strieber’s novel Alien Hunter with Natalie Chaidez as the showrunner. That book deals with a clandestine organization that’s essentially tracking aliens who are operating as terrorists. So I’m trying to get some background on what would really be done should something like this happen. So that’s where I came to The Way of the Knife, which is about tracking real terrorists. Plus, I tend to be fascinated by the U.S. intelligence agencies.”