What has been your favorite or most unusual experience at a reading or a literary festival?
I recently read with Anne Enright on Fogo Island, an island that has been designated as one of the four corners of the earth. Afterwards we sat out in plastic lawn chairs and watched a meteor shower, drinking red wine, the ocean nearby. Her reading was spectacular.
If someone loves your latest book, what would you recommend they read next?
The books I read that thrilled me while I was writing my novel, Caught, were: The Wild Palms by William Faulkner, everything by Elizabeth Bowen, Norwood by Charles Portis, and the short stories of Lorrie Moore and Mavis Gallant. The books I read and loved after I wrote Caught were Claire Wilkshire's Maxine, Michael Winter's Minister Without Portfolio, and Michael Crummey's Under the Keel.
What books might we be surprised to find on your bookshelf?
Pilates for Dummies. I think the dummies referred to in the title are more advanced than me.
What are you most looking forward to in coming to this year’s Vancouver Writers Fest?
Readings, readings, partying, readings, partying, readings, readings, readings.