Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. You can find a list of topics for each week at That Artsy Reader Gir if you’d like to join in! This week’s theme is “Books by my Favorite Author that I Still Haven’t Read”
I go to a lot of author meetings whenever I can, and there are lots of authors I would absolutely love to meet. Many authors have decidedly mixed feelings about being surrounded by a crazed group of fans asking for an autograph, which I can definitely understand… but that doesn’t stop me from being one of those fans…
In September, I went to see Sebastian Faulks in Ely and next month I am going to see Salman Rushdie in London. So my rule for this list is: the authors have to be alive- as otherwise, I suspect I’d just fill up this list mostly with 19th-century authors and that would be the end of it.
Authors I would like to meet
1. Meg Cabot I was a huge fan of the Princess Diaries when I was a teenager, and I now follow her on Twitter. She’s funny, she loves cats and she lives on the Florida Keys- what’s not to like?
2. Marlon James Well, after reading A Brief History of Seven Killings, I’m still completely clueless as to what he’d be like. So I’d look forward to that.
3. J.K. Rowling– honestly though- who wouldn’t?
4. George R.R. Martin – he’s doing only one signing for his new book, Fire and Blood and it’s in the US, so it’s highly unlikely that I will see him. Also, he should not spend time signing, he should be writing…
5. Paul Bloom– this is actually cheating as I haven’t read of his books yet (but I’ve bought one now, so I probably will soon….) but I love his courses on Coursera and iTunes U/
6. John Le Carré– would love to meet him, but he hardly ever makes public appearances, so that probably ain’t happening any time soon.
7. Liane Moriarty- would go to a book signing of hers any time. Loved Big Little Lies. Is she planning any in the UK some point soon?
8. Zośka Papużanka– a Polish language author, who wrote the utmost realism about a childhood in Krakow
9. Patrick Rothfuss – although to him the George R.R. Martin comment also applies. He should be writing, so that I can finally read The Wise Man’s Fear and not worry that there is no new book to read after it
10. Helen Vendler – because I’ve read her literary criticism on Shakespeare’s sonnets and Keats’s odes and she is seriously cool.
A special mention goes to Mary Beard, whom I have met twice already. But she was so lovely at both of her author meetings that I would love to see her again!
Have you met any of those authors? Which authors would you like to meet?