Stacey Loscalzo

Jan 20

Bookish Tuesday: Top 10 Authors I Would Love to Meet

by Stacey


The topic at The Broke and Bookish today is ‘freebie’ so I went back in to their archives to find a fun subject that I haven’t tackled yet.

It was really fun to make a list of ten authors that I would love to meet. You see, authors are my celebrities. The few times that I have met an author, I get all choked up and can barely sound intelligent. I’ve had this experience with Patricia Polacco, Brian Selznik, Suzanne Collins and Kelly Corrigan. In all cases, I really did clam up. Maybe if I met the folks on my ‘love to meet’ list, I would have better luck.

Top 10 Authors I Would Love to Meet

Anne Lamott– I’m quite sure I could learn most of what there is to know about reading, writing and life if I spent just a few moments with her.

Anna Quindlen– I would love to talk with Anna about how she takes the smallest moments and turns them in to super meaningful essays.

Ann Patchett– I have loved everything ever written by Ann Patchett and now she owns her own bookstore. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Joan Didion– Coincidentally, I was reading Didion’s Year of Magical Thinking right when my dad died. Since then, I have just considered her to be a part of my story.

J.K. Rowling– This one may seem a bit unoriginal but I would love the chance to sit down and learn more about Rowling, who she is and how amazing her imagination truly is.

Jeanne Birdsall– Jeanne Birdsall is the author of our most favorite read alouds of all time. The Penderwick series. Really, I would just like to thank her.

Beverly Cleary– I grew up loving everything that Beverly Clearly wrote. Just the other day while reading Ralph S. Mouse, Katherine declared that Cleary was her favorite author. I often think that many of my favorite childhood authors are much too outdated for today’s kids but Cleary definitely doesn’t fit in this category.

Lois Lowry The Giver is Caroline’s favorite book and it’s pretty close to mine too. I would love to hear more about how she creates the worlds she is able to create.

Kevin Henkes– We have many favorite picture books here in our house but I think that Henkes’ might be our most favorite.

Jon Klassen– I would love to spend some time with the man that created I Want my Hat Back. There just must to be something really interesting about him.


  1. Ooh – I haven’t heard of the Pendersall series!  What is it about and why do you like it so much?

    • Stacey says:

      The Penderwicks are so great! They are like ‘old fashioned’ chapter book but they don’t feel outdated at all. My girls tend to prefer faster moving, more present day books but for some reasons they just adore these. They are fun and relaxing to read! Your guys are probably still a tad young but definitely keep them on your radar! 

  2. Stacey: I loved reading your list. Almost 7 years ago, I attended a reading by Ann Patchett and had the privilege to meet her. She is charming, nice and engaging. I also would love to meet Anne Lamott and Joan Didion. 

    • Stacey says:

      You are so lucky!! I would really love to meet Ann Patchett. I feel like she is one of only a few who write both memoir and fiction so beautifully. 

  3. Allie says:

    I’m with you on the first four! What a fun night out that would be. Love this post Stacey – I may have to copy:).

  4. J. K. Rowling looks like she’d be great fun to hang out with, not just because of the amazing world she’s created, but also because her life story is so interesting!

  5. We basically had the same topic for the TTT this week, so I was curious to see who you picked to meet!!Here’s my TTT post for the week:

  6. Tamara says:

    Awesome list! Anne Lamott would be awesome, as well as J.K Rowling! Such attention to detail.
    I met Jodi Picoult and she was on my list and she didn’t disappoint. She was wonderful.

    • Stacey says:

      I heard Jodi Picoult speak years ago and she was so interesting. The amount of research she does on each book is just incredible, isn’t it?

  7. I would give anything to meet J.K.Rowling!!! I also know for a fact that I would become an absolute stuttering mess! I would probably cry as well, out of pure happiness. So maybe it would be better if I didn’t meet her quite yet! 🙂

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