Really this week’s Top Ten Tuesday has got to be hard for most bibliophiles.
Top Ten Authors I’m Dying To Meet / Ten Authors I Can’t Believe I’ve Met (some other “meeting authors” type spin you want to do)
This list could go on and on and . . . well you get the idea. This list is in no particular order of priority and there are a couple on the list it would a time machine and an act of Congress to make it happen.
- Maya Angelou is one of favorite authors that I really haven’t read enough of. Her prose is like poetry – beautifully written. I would love to meet her just to hear her speak. Interviews I’ve seen with her she always sounds so poetic and I love that.
- I am not a huge fan of J.K. Rowling, but she has made an a serious impact on children reading around the world. Her Harry Potter series, still going strong after some 20 years, got kids reading again. Kids were/are able to to relate to characters and really imagine a wizarding world. But most importantly, in my opinion, she changed the children’s publishing industry. So, I’d like to meet her to say, ‘Wow! and Thank you!’
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi is a true, unashamed feminist. She speaks out on it every opportunity she has and she speaks pointedly on the danger of the ‘Single Story’. Click here to watch her Ted Talk
- Gabriel Garcia-Marquez,
- Well truthfully I’d love to have Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft in a room and pick their brains and to find out how macabre they really are in person.
- I really enjoyed reading Sherman Alexie‘s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, however my primary reason for wanting to meet him would be to discuss being an American Indian in the U.S. and I would love for him to read me some of his poetry.
- Kevin Kwan of the Crazy Rich Asians series. Not sure why I want to meet him other than the fact his books are funny as heck and I’d like to know where his wit comes from. Can’t wait for Rich People Problems to come out.
- Jo Nesbo is an author I got into because I received an ARC of his book Cockroaches, which is the second in the Harry Hole series. I’m interested in meeting him because I’d like to know what makes his brain tick. How can he write these gruesome detective/crime novels then turn around and write a children’s novel and be in a rock band. Now that’s a pretty versatile author. Right?
- I’d like to meet good ole Charles Dickens just to find out if he ever came to terms with his unfortunate childhood or as Freud would say his mommy complex.
- Stephen King is perhaps my least favorite author on this list. I would really want to meet him, not to discuss his books but to talk about his writing process. How does he do it? Is he really that prolific or has he reached that status where others are writing for/with him – kind of like James Patterson.
I met Nikki Giovanni at Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC