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!
What books are on your end table right now?
Susan Coyne’s Kingfisher Days, Jerry Spinelli’s Love, Stargirl, Stephen King’s On Writing, Bill Bryson’s Notes From A Small Island, Ursula K. LeGuin’s The Wind’s Twelve Quarters.
Who’s your favourite author/illustrator of all time?
I can’t choose a single favourite. I love Frank Herbert, Ursula K. LeGuin. Tolkien, Mary Stewart (particularly her Merlin books), Sharon Creech, Jerry Spinelli, Tim Wynne-Jones, Barbara Kingsolver… I could go on.
I don’t have a favourite colour either.
Where is the best place to curl up with a good book?
In the summer: on a lounge in the shade in the backyard, or on the dock at the lake.
In the winter: in front of the fireplace.
If you could have dinner with three writers or illustrators, whom would you choose?
Assuming I can have this dinner with dead people, I would choose Frank Herbert, Ursula K. Leguin (she’s still alive!) and Sir Walter Scott.
What series did you read growing up?
Little House on the Prairie, Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, Trixie Belden, The Black Stallion, Ursula K. LeGuin’s Earthsea books, the Tarzan books.