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Authors I’d like to meet and probably make a fool of myself in front of, huh? Hmm. There are so many but here are my top five.
- Libba Bray. Because who doesn’t? I know Yash would join me in me squeeing and possibly Janet too.
- Sherman Alexie. I really really like The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.
- Benjamin Alire Saenz. Three words: Aristotle and Dante.
- Kate Elliott. I’ve fangirled about her books enough times, all right? I need an autograph.
- Cat Hellisen. Because she’s the coolest.
We’re talking author events, right? Because I can’t actually picture hanging out with anyone famous!
- Sarah Rees Brennan: I mean, of course!
- Tanuja Desai Hidier: I imagine her author events would involve music and readings and general good times!
- Ellie Marney: I like chatting with her online and I even have an autographed book– it’d be so great to meet her IRL!
- Ellen Oh: *dreamy sigh* I imagine great conversations about Kira and also Korra!
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: I … can’t even picture this. I’ll probably swoon. O_O
I presume this excludes authors who have died because, well, they’re dead?
- Megan Whalen Turner: she does occasionally say a few words over at Sounis, but if I met her in real life I’d probably embarrass myself with speechlessness. Or gushing. But. I mean, Gen. Of course I want to meet her anyway.
- Elizabeth Wein: She responded to my tweet and I definitely screenshot the page :p If she ever decided to lead a tour of Ethiopia, or alternately of semi-Arthurian ruins and castles (she does live in Scotland, so it’s possible, right?), I would be so in. Btw I just finished Black Dove White Raven and it is lovely.
- I have, technically, met Holly Black and Neil Gaiman and they were both very sweet (despite my inability to talk normally in their presence) and I would really really like to meet them again. Same is true of Rachel Hartman, especially if there is music involved.
- Also, I think Sherwood Smith, Robin McKinley, Patricia C. Wrede, and Caroline Stevermer should get together to talk about books and world-building. *hint hint* Nafiza would join me if Merrie Haskell and Erin Bow were there, too. *nudge nudge* And Patrice Kindl, who wrote the immensely funny Keeping the Castle.
- Garth Nix: especially if there was the opportunity for cos-play. Who doesn’t want to dress like an Abhorsen?
- Charles van Sandwick was gracious and gentlemanly. I would like to watch him at work sometime. His books are works of art.
- Jacqueline Woodson: of course. And I get to hear her speak this Friday! *happy dance*
- William Jay Smith, who writes gentle and extraordinary poems.
- Clarissa Pinkola Estes and Terry Griggs to talk mythology, wordplay, and culture.
- Gene Luen Yang: because of comics! I would like to sit at a table and listen to him talk with Laurence Yep about writing, and being Chinese-American, and genre and mythology. Also on Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra and on creating worlds, and history.