Posted by: jbwuk | February 22, 2012

JBW interview: Meg Rosoff

“There aren’t many authors who, like Meg Rosoff, can claim to be read with equal delight by children and adults. There Is No Dog is zany, clever, and loopily enjoyable, and explores some of the themes that have haunted Rosoff throughout her career: identity, love, trauma and the madness of being a teenager. One must simply revel in the joyful singularity of Rosoff’s latest masterpiece.”—The Telegraph

Meg Rosoff will be at JBW on Sunday talking about her new book, ‘There is No Dog’ alongside Bernard Kops. In her book the role of God has been handed to a teenage boy with some chaotic and hilarious results.

 If you could escape to another world, what would there be that is missing here?

Peace, gentleness, goodness.  And infinite cake.
 What is the book you “inherited” from a parent or teacher that made a profound impression on you?
 A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle.
 What is the book you would like to pass on to the future generation? 
 What is the most Jewish thing you have ever done?
My Batmitzvah.
 What is the most important Jewish book of the last 60 years?
Herzog, Saul Bellow.
 When did you know you would become a writer?
I didn’t really know until I wrote my first novel at 46.   But really? I was born a writer.
 If you were not a writer, what would you be?
I would like to be a professional dressage rider, despite the fact that I’m a million miles away from being talented enough.
 What is the best piece of advice you ever received?

Don’t be in a hurry. 

 What would your superpower be?
 I would like to be able to fly.
 Who (living or dead) would you invite to your ideal Friday night dinner?
Saul Bellow, Hilary Mantel, Simon-Russell Beale, Raphael.
 On the very distant day when you will make it to the other side, what would you like God (assuming there is one) to say to you?
“You didn’t do so badly.”

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