What has been your favorite or most unusual experience at a reading or a literary festival?
Nothing terribly unusual has happened yet. My favourite experience is when a literary festival brings people out of the woodwork: old classmates, ex-boyfriends, former teachers, friends of friends. It's a really fun way to catch up with people you might not otherwise have seen in a while.
If someone loves your latest book, what would you recommend they read next?
If they hadn't already read them, I would suggest The Romantic by Barbara Gowdy, which is heartbreaking and beautiful, and The Girls by Lori Lansens, which is the story of two very different but uniquely close sisters. If they'd already read those, I'd suggest Malarky by Anakana Schofield, which is my favourite book I've read so far this year.
What books might we be surprised to find on your bookshelf?
I guess it depends how well you know me. I still have almost all of my books from when I was a kid. Among them I have a large collection of Trixie Belden girls' mystery stories. They were still publishing new titles when I was a kid in the 1980s, but my favourite editions are these ones from the early 60s.
What are you most looking forward to in coming to this year’s Vancouver Writers Fest?
I'm pretty much beside myself with excitement, to tell you the truth! One of my events is with Wayne Johnston, a writer I've admired for a very long time. I remember going to see him at a writers festival after The Navigator of New York came out, so it's a neat kind of thrill to be reading alongside him a decade later. We're also reading with Maria Semple, whose novel Where'd You Go, Bernadette I really enjoyed earlier this year... plus she worked on Arrested Development, which makes me feel sort of impossibly star-struck. I'm also just really excited to hang out on Granville Island and try as much new B.C. craft beer as I can!