Ronald Kidd is the author of the highly acclaimed Monkey Town: The Summer of the Scopes Trial, as well as On Beale Street. His novels of adventure, comedy, and mystery have received the Children's Choice Award, an Edgar Award nomination, and honors from the American Library Association, the Library of Congress, and the New York Public Library. He is a two-time O'Neill playwright who lives in Nashville, Tennessee.BECOME A FAN
A. In 1955 the classic horror film “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” was shot in the little town of Sierra Madre, California. Living nearby was Richard Feynman, who helped invent the atomic bomb. These two facts, seemingly unrelated, fired my imagination, and I began to wonder what it would have been like to live there. Out of that thought came Oz, Arne, Crank, and Paul--joking, spying, shaking in their shoes, and scared to death of pod people.