For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic, the ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish are asking bloggers to name the top ten authors we want to meet. This question got me dreaming of an old-fashioned salon or a dinner party among my favorite writers. My dream literary dinner party would consist of role model celebrities who have penned memoirs, authors who have captured my imagination, and writers who have changed and deepened the way I see the world.
1. Tina Fey (Bossypants). One of my favorite women in entertainment, Queen Fey will be cracking perfectly timed, spot-on jokes with a dose of feminism to keep the table in stitches.
2. Amy Poehler (Yes Please). She’s the only lady in show-biz that I admire more than Tina Fey, and I really just want to sit back and watch her and Tina riff off each other while I try not to squirt wine through my nose.
3. Lena Dunham (Not That Kind of Girl). What ladies-in-Hollywood-who-also-wrote-books dinner party would be complete without Lena Dunham? We’ll talk about what it’s like to be women in our twenties and then probably get our Dubsmash on.
4. Roxane Gay (An Untamed State, Bad Feminist). Roxane Gay came to Lena Dunham’s defense during the controversy around an essay in Dunham’s book last year, and the two women are good acquaintances. She also happens to be one of my favorite writers, and I would love to chat with her about feminism and pop culture.
5. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Americanah, We Should All Be Feminists). I can’t help filling my table with smart feminist women, and she is one of the best!
6. Meg Wolitzer (The Wife, The Interestings, Belzhar). Gotta keep that feminist train rolling. Meg Wolitzer writes fantastic fiction about sexual double standards, friendship through the decades, and the intensity of teenage feelings. If her books are any indication, she loves The Bell Jar even more than I do, and I’m dying to talk about it with her. I actually met her super briefly at BEA last year, but I obviously didn’t embarrass myself enough.
7. Cheryl Strayed (Wild, Tiny Beautiful Things). I’ve technically already met Cheryl Strayed, too, but she is lovely and I would like her to adopt me. She is welcome for dinner ANY time. I will serve her sweet peas.
8. Haruki Murakami (Norwegian Wood, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage). Murakami launched an advice column in January, and I want to see a rap-battle style advice-off between him and Cheryl Strayed. He will be in charge of bringing pasta and beer.
9. Karen Russell (St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, Swamplandia!, Vampires in the Lemon Grove). If Murakami is the king of surrealism, Karen Russell is the queen of quirky magical realism. I just want to crawl inside her brain.
10. JK Rowling (Harry Potter, The Casual Vacancy, The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm). No literary dinner party would be complete without J.K. Rowling, a writer who has captured my imagination for 15 years. Of course, if she did come to dinner, someone would have to force me to sit on the far side of the table, so I don’t just pester her with questions about the wizarding world all night.
Who would you invite to your literary dinner party?