Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Author I Never Thought I'd Meet: Margaret Atwood




What author have you met that you never thought you'd get the chance to meet?


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22 comments:

  1. Oh, I've met several of my favorite mystery authors. Such fun, especially when you happen upon them in the elevator at a mystery book conference. That happened with me and Ann Cleeves. I have also gotten to meet authors that I read way back in the 70's and 80's and I loved getting to tell them that I enjoyed their mysteries. People like Carolyn Hart and Joan Hess and Margaret Maron. I know you loved getting to meet Margaret Atwood!

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  2. I'm so envious that you met THE Margaret Atwood! When I was in college--lo these many years ago--Ray Bradbury came to talk, and I met him. Since I do publicity for the Friends of our library I do get to meet a lot of authors who come to speak and I was delighted when Erik Larsen came for a signing and I had a chance to do a quick interview.

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  3. As a kid I met Roald Dahl, which was pretty cool. We were living in England at the time.

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    1. That is probably the coolest author I could imagine meeting as a kid.

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  4. What a treat to meet such a renowned author!! I've met some (Mary Doria Russell, Lorna Landvik, William Kent Krueger, Kent Haruf, Tosca Lee, Ted Kooser, to name a few), but none were so famous at the time that I was star-struck. I should also add that I'm married to a published author, as well. ;)

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  5. Amazing who we get to meet sometimes

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  6. So nice to meet someone you admire.

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  7. As an enormous fan of The Handmaid's Tale, she is one author I'd love to meet!

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  8. One, long time ago was in my 20 !

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  9. Oh my; I've read so much of her work and admire her as a writer a great deal! So happy you got to meet her!

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  10. How cool! I've been fortunate to meet several authors over the years at book signings, etc. Two of my favorites were David Sedaris and Sandra Cisneros.

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  11. I would have loved to have met Margaret Atwood. I met Jeff Shaara, a historic fiction novelist, at a Civil War reenactment in 2012. I didn't meet in person, but got to hear a talk by, the late science fact and science fiction writer Isaac Asimov, in 1973.

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  12. That's great meeting Atwood! I have heard her book events a couple times. Let's see I'm trying to recall ... I enjoyed meeting Amor Towles at Chicago's BookExpo ... and Jane Fonda once at a Colorado bookstore. ha!

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  13. Markus Zusak is the author I never thought I'd meet but I did. I mean, he lives in Australia for heaven's sake! But while my husband was working in Austin in 2019, Zusak came to Book People for the paperback publication of Bridge of Clay? I forget. Something about that book. I was so excited, I couldn't even see straight. The Book Thief is my favorite book, period.

    Oh, Khaled Hosseini is another one. He came to little Asheville, NC!

    And I saw Neil Gaiman speak as part of a storytelling tour but I didn't actually get to meet him personally. Still, that's close enough to make me happy!

    I've met others whose work I really love but they live fairly close to home so they weren't as much of a shock--Lee Smith, Rick Bragg, Ron Rash, Sarah Addison Allen, Charles Vess, and more. I got pretty tongue-tied with Lee Smith because I love her book Fair and Tender Ladies so much. Well, more tongue-tied than usual.

    I'm excited that you got to meet Margaret Atwood!

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  14. If you mean by meeting at a place where they hold a talk, I have met a few. Of course, I bought the books afterwards and had them signed. Margaret Atwood, Chris Pavone, John Banville, A.S. Byatt, Hughes-Hallett, Lucy, and some Swedish Dick Harrysson, Ingmar Karlsson, Gunnar Wetterberg and Elisabeth Åsbrink. Also some new Swedish authors, not so famous.
    It is always interesting to hear authors speak about their books. A.S. Byatt and John Banville were really funny people and it was really enjoyable to listen to them.

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