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?
The World of Downton Abbey by Jessica Fellowes.
Who’s your favourite author/illustrator of all time?
Molly Bang! Have you seen her Little Rat series with daughter Monika? I rest my case.
Where is the best place to curl up with a good book?
A sunny day on our front porch on the old wicker sofa I inherited from my mum.
Which is best: hardcover, softcover, or e-book?
Who’s your favourite literary hero?
John Thornton from Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South. Step aside, Mr. Darcy!
Who’s your favourite literary villain?
Do pirates count? If so, then it would have to be, in equal doses of favouritism: Mean Mo and Bad Bart from Mary Quattlebaum’s Pirate vs. Pirate.
If you could have dinner with three writers or illustrators, whom would you choose?
Eleanor Wachtel; Alice Munro and Italo Calvino. Not sure how the mix would work, but I’ll leave it to Eleanor to facilitate, “Writer’s and Company” style.
What series did you read growing up?
Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books.
If you could do the illustrations for a classic, which book would you choose?
I can’t draw anything more recognizable than a happy face, so I would only spoil a classic by attempting such a thing.
Do you have a guilty reading pleasure?
The Shopaholic series. More please, Sophie!