“You are hosting a dinner party for three writers? Who’s on the invite list?”
When Kristin Cashore, author of young adult novels, was asked this question in the New York Times book review interview By the Book, she answered:
“Louisa May Alcott, Madeleine L’Engle, and Hildegard von Bingen…hopefully one of them can cook and wouldn’t mind coming early to take care of that.”
When reluctantly participating in a get-to-know-you exercise and asked for one author, my response – Steve Martin – was met with disdain (they were all academics.) Having dinner with the prolific wild and crazy guy who’s written novels (Shop Girl), plays (Picasso at the Lapin Agile), can talk about art (has a private collection), and can play a mean banjo – not to mention his sense of humor – has the potential for good dinner conversation. Calvin Trillin could add a little spice, and if I were to add one more, of course, Julia Child (to cook).
Do you have authors you would like to meet? maybe share a meal?