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’s on your end table right now?
A very funny little collection of stories recommended by fellow CWILL member Silvana Goldemberg: The Little World of Don Camillo by Giovanni Guareschi. It’s about a priest in a little Italian town and his loving rivalry with the Communist mayor. Silvana carries a copy with her at all times. Now I know why she’s always smiling.
Where is the best place to curl up with a good book?
The bathtub. But don’t curl — elongate.
Which is best: hardcover, softcover, or e-book?
I prefer softcover books so I don’t have to feel guilty about underlining in them and writing margin notes.
Who’s your favourite literary hero?
If you could have dinner with three writers or illustrators, whom would you choose?
Beverly Cleary, E. L. Konigsburg, and Sharon Creech, though I feel very lucky to have dinner with equally talented CWILL members before our meetings.
What series did you read growing up?
Thorton W. Burgess’ animal series with Bobby Raccoon, Jimmy Skunk, et. al. I also loved the Anne books, the Black Stallion series, and Little House on the Prairie.
Are you more likely to be caught reading a zombie novel or a sentimental romance?
Zombies, as long as they don’t kiss!