Counting down to Lit Fest

An author presents at Printers Row Lit Fest

Saul Bellow, the El, Logan Square with its wonderful bookstore, Unchartedbooks, and Lula's Cafe (owned by a former student of DFW's BTW).

What's your guilty pleasure reading?

None but I cry a lot when I read. I just cried at the end of Tom Grimes' "Mentor," when Frank Conroy dies, and I cried again at the end of "My Antonia" when she's all grown up and surrounded by her dozen children.

How do you celebrate after you've finished a book?

A bottle of champagne, though "finishing" is a squishy term. "Publishing" is finishing for me.

What's your favorite first line of a book? Last line?

I think the first line of "The Good Soldier" by Ford Madox Ford is pretty amazing: "This is the saddest story I have ever heard." Especially because it's not. For titles, not your question, I've always liked Douglas Adams' "So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish."

What book do you read over and over again?

"Infinite Jest," of course. And you should too.

Anchee Min

What do you think of when you think of Chicago?

Gratitude — Chicago is the only city that accepted me first as a foreign student in 1984 and then an immigrant.

Who is an author you'd like to meet, dead or alive?

Anais Nin.

What's the worst question you've ever been asked in an interview?

"Ms. Min you have 30 seconds, now tell us who you are and what your book is about."

What's your guilty pleasure reading?

Chinese ancient Tang Dynasty poems and Song Dynasty verses.

Can you describe a random or unexpected experience you've had while promoting a book?

A reader at a San Francisco bookstore said to me, "I love reading stories about China, but not written by someone like yourself."