What Writers Read: Irene N. Watts

What do children’s writers and illustrators read in their spare time? In this series of interviews with B.C. book folks, we discuss everything from guilty reading pleasures to the best literary villains. If you’d like to share some favourites of your own, please leave a comment!

Irene N. Watts

What books are on your end table?
Michael Ondaatje – The Cat’s Table
Ami Mckay – The Virgin Cure
Marina Endicott – Little Shadows

Where is your favourite reading spot?
Best place to curl up with a good book is on the chaise longue by the window in my bedroom in any weather, but magical when it snows.


If you could have dinner with three writers or illustrators, whom would you choose?
I’d love to have dinner with John Le Carre, Alison Pick, and Wayson Choy.

What series did you read growing up?
Growing up I read Arthur Ransome, Swallows and Amazons, Louisa May Alcott, Little Women, Little Men and Jo’s Boys and Richmal Cromptons’ Just William Series

Which is best: hardcover, softcover, or e-book?
I try to buy soft cover books but usually end up buying hard cover. I have never read an e book, I need paper in my hands.

To learn more about Irene and her work, please visit her website.
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