Today’s meme was stolen* from Bookends, LLC, an agents blog I follow. Bookends, in turn, lifted it from their client Jennifer Stanley and her Cozy Chicks blog.
The objective is filling four spots at a dinner party with authors with whom you would very much enjoy spending time eating and conversing. Said writers can be dead or alive.
They recommend choosing your authors before reading the picks of others because knowing who someone else chose will only increase the likelihood of second guessing and dinner guest envy.
I can only state my preferences of the moment. Who I’d like to spend an evening with discussing their work and the world in general fluctuates with my reading habits and genre interests.
But, here goes:
Stephen King, I adore his novellas and short stories more than his longer works – especially of late. I really think his better long work came early in his career. It would be neat to talk about The Stand though and how he would tackle it if he were writing it for today’s world.
Hilary Mantel, I can’t wait for the sequel to Wolf Hall. I ran across an interview where she reads a scene about Anne Boleyn and Cromwell. She is filling him in on the latest gossip concerning Jane Seymour’s father. Seymour would be Henry’s next wife. It’s wonderful and she read it like a kindergarten teacher to her rapt class sitting on the carpet at her feet. Nothing but expression and pure delight. And, she’s English. I could listen to them talk all day.
I would choose David Eddings and Anne McCaffery as well. The are fantasy writers and I love a good fantasy series. The skill it takes to create and maintain a reality is no little thing.
Helen Humphreys. She writes these amazing short novels. 200 pages more or less. That are poetic, compelling and make you wish they were longer even though you know that length would spoil them.
No pressure to meme this on your home base, but yes pressure to leaving a comment with at least one author with whom you’d love to sup.
*Memes were meant to be set free. Kinda like YouTube vids.
5 thoughts on “A Literary Dinner Party”
I’d go C18th.
Tobias Smollett, Jonathan Swift, Dr Johnson and rounding it off with Boswell. Bound to end in a drunken fight.
This might sound kind of base and populist but I’d like to share dinner and drinks with British author Nick Hornby. Aside from the fact that I enjoy his books, I met him once and he couldn’t have been funnier or more engaging. He had great stories to tell. His novels aren’t Deep Literature but, Jesus, sometimes I just don’t want to work that hard to be satisfied.
You’re right about King’s short stories being better than many of his novels, but I do love both The Stand and Salem’s Lot. Both give me chills even 25 years after I first read them.
And one of my dinner guests would have to be the Canadian genius Robertson Davies. The man makes me laugh, makes me think, and makes me simply appreciate intelligent writing.
Forgot Salem’s Lot. Classic.
I think the lack of opportunity for short and novella-length stuff especially, forced King to turn stories into novels that would have been better served in shorter forms.