Welcome to the room of the Red Door. Please come in and sit a while. Or, look around, if that’s your desire. As you push through our Red Door, you will find yourself transported to a modern research library teeming with reference materials: be it books or other media.
This particular room is dedicated to all things non-fiction in its various guises. You’ll find the essays in that corner to the right of the fireplace. That’s right. Just to the left of the Blue-Bound Books.
Those? Those are memoirs. We collect them. Some are our own. Others belong to other people whom we reference on occasion. Feel free to look through them at your leisure.
To the left of the fireplace are the Biographies and Profiles. We have those for reference as well. Of course, Meena is very good at profiling various writers and poets. I prefer to interview them. You’ll find all types waiting in there to be brought out into the light. There are writers, poets, artists, playwrights, screenwriters. Some of the reference books are very old and tended with care. Others are nearly brand new.
On the other side of the room are the more contemporary books and reference materials. We keep the newspaper clippings in reference albums on those broad shelves in the center. We come across all sorts of interesting information in our wanderings and tend to drop it in here where we can peruse it at our leisure and work with it to come up with our own uses for it. We both love to research information. Sometimes I think we should have been librarians.
Good information, you know, is so handy and useful. Putting together a good essay or article is as much fun as fiction. In fact, in some ways, it’s more satisfying. There are parameters governing the proper use of facts in non-fiction venues. The rigidity of the form, even when used in creative non-fiction can involve a precision which creates its own validation and excitement.
This reading nook corner by the big window looks out into the front garden. You can see the partitioning wall that protects it from much of our weather. You can slip out to this garden through the door in the outer corner by Contemporary Non-fiction. Feel free to step out there whenever you would like to read in the sunshine. The benches are comfortably placed for that.
I hope you enjoy your stay in this room. We certainly do. Stay as long as you like. Be sure to check out the other rooms before you leave. We always have something up for people to read and enjoy. We’re so glad you’ve come.