1. Who’s your all-time favorite author, and why?
Probably Margaret Atwood, for the complexity and richness of her books. I don't love all of her novels- I had to put down Oryx and Crake after about a third, and I thought Cat's Eye read like a dry rough draft of The Blind Assassin- but I do love most of them. My favorite is Alias Grace, a historical fiction based on a real-life murder case in Canada and full of rich, ambiguous characterizations and a gripping plot. The Blind Assassin is a great story-within-a-story with a twist ending. The Handmaid's Tale had my heart alternately pounding and breaking. I love how she understands women and thought the characters in The Robber Bride were incredible and real. Lady Oracle was a terrific satire and even the quieter Life Before Man kept me reading and page-turning right to the end.
2. Who was your first favorite author, and why? Do you still consider him or her among your favorites?
My first favorite author was C.S. Lewis, of Narnia fame. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe was my favorite book for years and I even picked my First Communion saint's name after one of the characters.
3. Who’s the most recent addition to your list of favorite authors, and why?
Celestine Vaite, a Tahitian author who wrote the trilogy Breadfruit, Frangipani and Tiare in Bloom. I just started on the third book yesterday and already can't put it down. I love her humor and voice and the distinctive sense of place she gives her books. I call them "hammock books" because they feel like summer to read.
4. If someone asked you who your favorite authors were right now, which authors would first pop out of your mouth? Are there any you’d add on a moment of further reflection?Atwood, Vaite, A.S. Byatt, David Sedaris, Jen Lancaster, Steve Sheinkin, I.B. Singer and Moyoco Anno.
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