I finished Carthage by Joyce Carol Oates about two months ago. I hadn’t read a book by JCO in several years, however another one of her‘s, The Falls, is one of my favorite books. She is an incredible author, who tends to write domestic dramas that venture in to the dark sides of human nature. I would love to hear her speak regarding her long writing and teaching career (Princeton).
Beside JCO, there are a few other authors I would love to hear speak. For the record, just because I enjoy reading to a high degree, doesn’t mean I want to hear all authors speak. In fact, more people really shouldn’t speak, because their annoying-ness tends to creep out. My list of authors to hear is as follows:
1. Stephen King ( he, along with his whole family of writers fascinates me. They must have the best dinner conversations!)
2. Richard Powers (& not because he just won the Pulitzer this year, in fact that prize tends to be more of a deterrent for me, given the list in it’s entirety. RP is one of a few of the PP fiction winners who actually deserves what that prize is supposed to be about.
3. Henning Mankell (but he is dead, so…)
4. Erich Segal ( he wrote only a few books, but of them, Only Love is my favorite and my favorite love story to boot. Love stories aren’t my favorite books, but I truly love OL. However, like Mankell, Segal has also passed away).
5. Thomas Harris ( I read an interview once that said writing a book is a painful process for him. I would like to hear why. His Hannibal Lecter character and books are some of my all-time favorites. Side note, his new book Cari Mora (stand-alone) is released next week, it has been over ten years since his last book came out. Saying that I cannot wait is a huge understatement.
So there you have it, my short list of authors I would love, love to hear in person to speak about their craft.
“Fools have a habit of believing that everything written by a famous author is admirable. For my part I read only to please myself and like only what suits my taste.”