This week’s theme from The Broke and the Bookish is authors I would like to meet in person. I’ve met Margaret Atwood, Caitlin Moran and several other authors at book signings, so I won’t include them in this list. I also didn’t include celebrities who have written books. For the authors below, I don’t really have any burning questions to ask. I want to hang out with them because they seem pretty cool or I’m just curious about them.
Alice Munro (Dear Life) – I just discovered the Nobel Peace Prize winner lives two hours away from me. She lives near the lake, so maybe we could just sit by the water and talk about the movie adaptation of her short story, The Bear Came over the Mountain. I loved it. Did she?
Douglas Coupland (Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture) – Not only is he a writer, but a design and visual artist. He currently has an exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto called everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything that explores the 21-century condition. Perhaps he could explain to me what the heck that means!
Kim Thúy (Ru) – Like my parents, this year’s Canada Reads winner didn’t teach Vietnamese to her children. I would like to chat with her about why not and sharing Vietnamese culture with our kids.
Thomas King (The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America) – Although he won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction this year, the above book didn’t win Canada Reads which had the theme breaking barriers. I would like to ask Thomas King what Canadian books he thinks breaks barriers.
Chris Hadfield (An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth) – I can’t think of anything cooler than an astronaut who plays guitar and conducts funny experiments in space. I think it would be fun to hang out with Colonel Hadfield. Maybe he could teach me how to play the guitar or grow a moustache.
John Green (The Fault in Our Stars) – He’s everywhere! In the past month I’ve seen him on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Reddit, the MTV Movie Awards and Mental Floss, just to name a few. But I don’t mind because the King of YA seems like a goofy guy, I liked The Fault in Our Stars and I’m really excited about Paper Towns coming out in June.
Cheryl Strayed (Wild) – The author and Dear Sugar columnist strikes me as a woman who would tell it to you straight anything you needed to know about love, pain and the whole damn thing. I want to tag along the next time Cheryl and Resse Witherspoon go hiking.
Stephen King (The Shining, etc.) – The legendary author is probably the only one I might have some questions for about his writing. Otherwise, I’m absolutely fine just geeking out over Sons of Anarchy and trying find out what his next cameo is going to be.
Roxane Gay (An Untamed State) – Whatever happened to The Butter, the sister site to The Toast she was supposed to head? Actually I would rather ask her about the TV shows she’s watching and let her beat me at Scrabble (she’s a hardcore Scrabble player).
A.J. Jacobs (The Know-it-All) – The author and Esquire editor’s current head-scratching project is Global Family Reunion where he is working on mapping a World Family tree to show how the human race is genetically connected. He’s holding one big reunion party on June 6th in New York. Let’s go!
What authors would you like to meet?