During eighteen years of producing and hosting Dinner and a Book, Gail's sense of adventure and focus on civic problems have led to the choice of books she and her guests have selected each year. The last few years she and Alfred Guillaume have been highlighting the literature and cuisine of Louisiana; Kathy Freese leads the way in her choice of superb books on American history including this year's "The Secret History of Wonder Woman; Irene Eskridge and Gail continue to emphasize problems of race in America; Rebecca Kubacki's suggestions share her family's life experiences; and Bill Firstenberger and Gail feature well known Indiana writers such as Theodore Dreiser, Lew Wallace and Kurt Vonnegut.
This year Gail's choices continue to focus on international literature, regional writers and their cuisine: Educated, The Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, My Family and Other Animals, A Gentleman in Moscow, Everybody's Son, The Train to Crystal City, Killers of the Flower Moon, King Zeno and many more.
2019 is the eighth year of Gail participating in the South Bend County Library's "One Book, One Michiana," this year featuring The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy with Doug Farmwald.
"For me, Dinner and a Book is a life adventure, a culmination of my family history, my fervent interest in parts unknown and my life's experiences. I love it!"