Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

The Questionless Books Interview: Novelist and Giller Prize nominee Kathleen Winter

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The Questionless Books Interview: Novelist and Giller Prize nominee Kathleen Winter

Inspired by the Proust Questionnaire, The Questionless Books Interview gets a host of lit-types (authors, editors, publishers, publicists, designers, booksellers, readers, bloggers, journalists, etc.) to finish a bunch of statements about the state of literature and the "future of books".

Kathleen Winter has written dramatic and documentary scripts for Sesame Street and CBC Television. Her first collection of short stories, boYs, was the winner of both the Winterset Award and the 2006 Metcalfe-Rooke Award. A long-time resident of St. John's, Newfoundland, she now lives in Montreal.

Kathleen's books:


I am... newly into pedicures

I am known to... wear the same clothes every day

I do this in... Montreal

I do this because... I have a lot of woolly bits and bobs that I crocheted and that keep the wind out

I do this when I... feel the slightest threat of a draft

The way I do this is... methodical and somewhat obsessive

At its core, a Writer is... someone who collects secrets and sifts them surreptitiously

As opposed to an Author, who is... surprised at the new availability of hotel rooms and plane rides

A Writer is responsible for... doing her own laundry

As opposed to an Author, who is responsible for... remembering that without readers she is nothing

At its core, Publishing is... a crazy act of faith

As opposed to Editing, which is... a religious exercise

A Publisher should always... get the book out in fine form

As opposed to an Editor, who should always... pummel the writer into submitting better than her best work

A Manuscript that's ready to be read by others is... quivering and vulnerable

As opposed to a Book that's ready to be ready by others, which is... unapologetic

A Manuscript should always... have lots of spaces and margins

As opposed to a Book, which should always... have slightly smaller spaces and margins

At its core, Bookselling is... best done by nice people who respect readers

As opposed to Book Marketing, which is... best done by beautifully dressed killer sharks

The smallest unit of narrative is... the space between sentences

To be a Book a thing must be... distilled and filled with humility

The biggest reason to be scared of the future is... the triumph of soulless materialism

The biggest reason to anticipate the future is... the persistence of our longing for connection

In the future we will all... know more clearly the relationship between the substance of thought and the substance of matter

At his/her core, a Reader is... looking for the door of heaven

1 comment

Lovely, funny, wise. A pleasure to read this.
(And especially nice to know I'm not alone in the same-clothes-every-day camp!)

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