“I believe in literature the way some people believe in their religion. To write a story is to stimulate the imagination. What are we without our imaginations? How can we feel compassion? How can we feel empathy? How can we be civilized if we are not having our imaginations stimulated, being asked to work. We become dogmatic idiots and we don't want that. We're better than that."
Elizabeth Strout won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Literature, she says teaches us about ourselves and other people ... and how to live. She is also author of the national bestseller "Abide with Me" and of "Amy and Isabelle." Both won major prizes.