Counting down to Lit Fest

An author presents at Printers Row Lit Fest

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


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

Favorite first line: "What does history recognize? A dish made of a hundred sparrows -- a plate of mouths" From "Becoming Madam Mao"

Favorite last line: "It is my spirit that addresses your spirit; just as if both had passed through the grave, and we stood at God's feet, equal -- as we are!" From "The Cooked Seed" quoting Jane Eyre.

What book do you read over and over again?

"The Lover" by Marguerite Duras

Anders Nilsen

What do you think of when you think of Chicago?

Old Graystones. The people at Lula. Wilson skatepark. And Puerto Rican guys playing dominoes in Humboldt Park.

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

I've met some of my idols and usually I'm reminded that it's the work, not the people themselves that I'm interested in. On the other hand if you could get a good translator it might be nice to meet Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

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

I was asked to give sex advice once. So dumb.

What's your guilty pleasure reading?

Game of Thrones. I know.

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

I got up early and drove two hours with a terrible flu once to get to New York to do a radio show and the host thought I was someone else. His first question was "So, you like to draw wizards and robots?"

What's your favorite font to write in?

My own hand.