Last week, an interview with Lauren Groff (CRF 2021) was featured on Shelf Life,’s books column. Groff talks about some of her favorite reads, from George Eliot’s Middlemarch to Anne Carson’s Autobiography of Red and Roberto Bolaño’s 2666. Groff mentioned her recent time at Civitella in a special bonus question:

“If I could live in any library or bookstore in the world, it would be…

About a month ago, I returned from a residency in a 15th-century castle in Umbria, Italy called Civitella Ranieri, where my bedroom was right off a library filled with the thousands of books that Mark Strand bequeathed when he died. I still have dreams that I’m in that tall white room, surrounded by all that poetry and am always a little disappointed to wake up into my own life again.”

Read the full interview here.