5 Questions: Helen Oyeyemi
This article is from 2009.
Helen Oyeyemi is one of the brightest literary hopes in Britain with a couple of acclaimed novels under her belt. Here, she tackles our aspiring Q&A
Give us five words to describe White is for Witching?
Quaint, little, antique, quince, spoon.
Which authors should be more famous than they are now?
Jesse Ball, the consistently amazing Chicago-based poet and novelist. Samedi the Deafness and The Way Through Doors are adventure stories so adventurously told.
What do you love about book festivals?
Everything except going home at the end. Boo!
Which dead author do you wish was still alive today?
Alexandre Dumas the elder. It’s high time he updated his culinary dictionary; I bet he never had a scallion pancake. He would freak out at the deliciousness.
What would you change about the publishing world?
19 Aug (with Mathias Malzieu), 7.30pm, £6 (£4).