Your name: margaine
What are you reading now? La Préférence Nationale by Fatou Diome – a set of short stories about immigration in
Where are you reading it? On my bed, on the bus, in coffee shops.
How did you discover this book? I read Fatou Diome’s more recent novel The Belly of the Atlantic first, and then I moved on to the rest of her writings. I first found out about Diome through this website: http://aflit.arts.uwa.edu.au/FEMEChomeEN.html from the
What about a dessert book, a book you could read and then eat? This might sound absurd, but Invisible Cities, by Italo Calvino. The descriptions of the cities really are like dessert to me - they are so rich in possibilities and full of glorious imagery. I just want to dive right in.
Who is your literary boyfriend or girlfriend? (Could be either a character or an author, and if it’s an author, he or she need not still be alive.) Jupiter Jones from the Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators series. Okay, not really, but he was my first literary crush, if not one of my first crushes ever. Very smart, slightly overweight, kind-of nerdy, full of curiosity, and always ready with a solution to every problem.
What's your favourite either unknown or underappreciated book? My favorite book that very few people seem to be aware of is Whitewater by Paul Horgan. It is set in 1950s
Favourite childhood book? My favorite book as a child was Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie, about a girl who lives on a lighthouse island with her family. Her father goes out in his boat, a storm comes, and Abbie is determined to keep the lighthouse lights burning to guide her father home. I’m not sure why the story appealed to me so much, but looking back on it, I think I must have identified with Abbie without fully realizing it.
Do you buy books or borrow them from the library? Either way, what is your favourite place to get books and why? The majority of the books that I’ve read in my life are books that I’ve borrowed from the library. My favorite place to get books, though I haven’t been there in years, is the library in the town where I grew up. That is where I really grew to love reading, and every time I go there, it brings back so many good memories. More realistically, I get everything I need from my university’s library and everything I want from used bookstores and sales.
Best music to read to? Why? I read while listening to all types of music, but Philip Glass’ music is especially conducive to reading. A lot of it is very calming and peaceful, while still being interesting and full of variation. It keeps me simultaneously enlivened and relaxed. It is also instrumental, which prevents distraction.