Camille at Book Moot writes about the children’s authors she’s met. I don’t think I’ve ever met any real authors. I do know of several living authors I’d like to meet, not just meet, but sit down and have lunch, correspond via email, invite to visit my blog, whatever. I might become tongue-tied in person if I met any of these Grandes Dames, but it would definitely be worth the embarrassment.
1. Madeleine L’Engle. I read somewhere that Ms. L’Engle is not in good health. She’s 87 years old. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to meet her at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and hear her thoughts on —well, on whatever she wanted to discuss?
2. Tasha Tudor. I know, it seems as if I only want to meet elderly authors; Tasha Tudor is 90 years old. However, I prefer the term “wise women.” To have tea with Tasha Tudor and to tour her garden and home would be a delightful experience.
3. Charlotte Zolotow will be 91 on June 26, 2006. From her website: “She is wheelchair-bound, close to blind, and pretty mad about it (understandably). But she has no illnesses or diseases, and though she is sometimes forgetful these days, her memories about writing, editing, and the children’s book world are very clear.”
Ms. Zolotow edited and wrote books with all sorts of other children’s authors. I can only imagine what wonderful stories she could tell.
4. P.D. James is the youngest of this group at 85 years of age. She’s still writing. I just finished The Lighthouse, her latest detective novel, and I’ll write about it soon. Suffice it to say now that I would enjoy talking to her about her detective, Adam Dalgliesh, and about her writing and her faith.
A case for P.D. James as a Christian novelist by Ralph Wood in Theology Today, January, 2003.
What authors would you enjoy meeting for tea?