TTT: Top Ten Authors I’m Dying to meet

This weeks meme from the Broke and the Bookish is about authors you would like to meet.  To be more specific, these are 10 authors I would really enjoy getting to know a bit maybe over a meal.  Are any of these authors on your list?  Who is on your list and why?

  1. Margaret Atwood is one of my favorite  authors of all time.  I find her writing brilliant and her social commentary chilling yet spot on.  I felt like she was one of the first feminist writers whose writing I fell in love with.
  2. Elizabeth Strout is another favorite author of mine.  I love reading her novels and feeling like I have really gotten to know her characters well.  I find her writing brilliant and her character depiction one of the best out there.
  3. Kurt Vonnegut was a favorite of mine about 20 years ago and I devoured everything he wrote.  I would love to revisit his work with him.  This won’t be possible as he passed away in 2007 at the age of 84.
  4. Kate Atkinson is an author I fell in love with while reading Life After Life.  There was something so deeply affecting about this novel, how such small choices in life can have such large devastating consequences.  I listened to an interview with her, yet still have many questions of my own.
  5. Ernest Hemingway is an author that sweeps me off my feet each time I pick up one of his novels.  His writing is beautiful and timeless.  I would love to meet this extremely charismatic man and get to know him more.  As he passed away in 1961 this won’t be possible, but I did have the opportunity to explore his home in Key West.
  6. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie blew me away with her novel Americanah.   She is a brilliant forward thinker who is doing tremendous good with her writing, bringing more thought and insight to not only race discussions, but also gender.  I hold her in the utmost esteem.
  7. Neil Gaiman is amazing.  I love everything I’ve read by him.  I would love to meet him, just to hear him tell me stories.. I have no idea how he is able to think up all of these incredibly fabulous fantastical tales.
  8. Mariana Enriquez is a young Argentinean author who recently published a collection of short stories, Things We Lost in the Fire.   These were horror stories that spoke to a horrific Argentinean recent past and to horrors in current society.  These stories have stuck with me and I would love to speak with her more about them and what her drive was in writing them.
  9. Trevor Noah, current host of the Daily Show, and author of Born a Crime  is hilarious!  His humor and social commentary is spot on.  I would love to sit down and share some laughs with this man.
  10. Malala Yousafzai is an amazing young woman who inspires women and girls everywhere.  Her struggle to fight for education in the face of the Taliban in Pakistan was incredibly brave and heroic.  Her memoir serves as a enormous reminder that women in many other parts of the world have a long way to go in their fight for access to education, let alone equality.

17 thoughts on “TTT: Top Ten Authors I’m Dying to meet”

  1. I agree, Annemieke. Malala is such an inspirational person.

    It would also be interesting to meet Trevor Noah and Margaret Atwood. I think they’d both have a lot of thought-provoking things to say.

    Here is my TTT.

  2. I am an Argentinean, I never heard of her, after posting this comment I am going straight to amazon to see if I can get her book!
    Thanks for adding her to this list!
    My TTT.

    1. For me there was something about that book that resonated and has stuck with me. I can’t believe I haven’t read the companion novel to ‘Life After Life’ (A God in Ruins) yet!

      1. I actually just bought A God in Ruins last week, it was in the bargain bin at the book store. I’ve hesitated to read it because I loved Life After Life (and Ursula’s journey) so much.

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